Themed Improv (Stories)

From the most skilled of writers, to the amateur holding his pen for the first time, it is easy for anyone to lose a sense of motivation when it comes to writing.

A fellow blogger, good friend and my sweet ‘Jellybean’ – The Dreaming  http://thedreamings.wordpress.com/ – decided to start a twice-weekly Themed Improv in order to get those creative juices flowing!

We chose a theme for one other (possibly something out of the other’s comfort zone!) and then write anything based on that theme.
Whether it is a two lined piece of prose, a short story, poem or even a quote; expressing ourselves by whatever means feels right is the motive!
Usually, these types of ‘challenges’ aren’t kept up for very long, and for this reason we have agreed that there is no length restriction or style, and it will be kept casual!
Whether it takes two minutes or two days to create is not of importance, as long as we keep that ink flowing!

(For anyone who would like to join in, please do not hesitate to say so!)

 



 

  • Inside Pandora’s Box (Third Themed Improv Challenge)


For some bizarre reason, I was thinking about the seven deadly sins, and so  for our third theme I gave her “Envy”, and I was given “Sloth”
As usual, this is a quick 40 minute write up, but I hope you all enjoy it!

Inside Pandora’s Box can be found in the ‘Short Stories’ section, Happy reading 🙂

https://naziyahmahmood.wordpress.com/short-stories/inside-pandoras-box/
Excerpt:

“Hey.
How’s it hangin’?

You’re probably wondering what you’re doing in here, huh. Well… I have no clue either, and even if I did, you shouldn’t ask me.
Why? Because I couldn’t be bothered telling you.
Not. One. Bit.

The name’s Acedia, but the others can’t bother pronouncing it properly so they call me Sloth. Bloody hell, they’re lazier than me.”

 


 

  • Seeing isn’t always believing…

(Written for the Blog your Block: Daily Post Challenge)

Excerpt:
“As I went through the challenge description, the words that stood out to me were “How can you see the familiar landscape of your own block with “explorer eyes”?”

For you see, I don’t see the way many people see!”

 

https://naziyahmahmood.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/seeing-isnt-always-believing/

 


 

  • Olympus is Falling

(Written as part of the WordPress Challenge: Out of Your Element by fellow blogger Opinionated Man!)

Keeping a ‘long story short’ is something I don’t seem to be familiar with! What often starts off as a quest to ‘short and sweet’ often turns into a tome of unnecessary information. So, I challenge myself to keep this passing thought ‘Short and Sweet!’

https://naziyahmahmood.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/olympus-is-falling/

 


 

  • To Infinity and Beyond!

(Written as part of ‘The Daily Post: Future Past’ prompt – As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How close or far are you from that vision?)

Excerpt:

“A Doctor!? That’s fantastic!”

How many children hear this from their elders when asked about their future aspirations? From what I’ve seen, quite a lot.

As opposed to saying “That’s great! However, there are also many other great professions too! Don’t think about what others tell you, think about what YOU would like to be”, many youngsters have been brainwashed from a young age to think that some of the only professions that are worthy of being spoken of, and boasted about by our parents, are doctors, dentists and engineers.”

https://naziyahmahmood.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/to-infinity-and-beyond/

 


 

  • Brown Leather Wallet (Fourth Themed Improv Challenge)

The theme I was given this time was “Wallet”, after I’d given the theme “Suitcase”.
It does sound like we’re both jet-setting off somewhere! She can pack and I’ll pay!

As usual I was short on time and so (not wanting to pass our deadline) I wrote this quick 30 minute write up, but I hope you all enjoy it!

Brown Leather Wallet can be found under the Short Stories tab: https://naziyahmahmood.wordpress.com/short-stories/brown-leather-wallet/
Happy reading 🙂

Excerpt:

“I don’t think I’ll ever forget that day. The day that made me realise what I’d become in my moment of desperation to survive, and the day that opened my eyes to the hope that still lived in humanity.
That hope came in the form of an elderly man named Graham, who held himself up with his walking stick because of his badly damaged hip.

I was a poor man, a very poor man, and in more ways than just financial.”


 

  • The Cookie Monster Niece

Written as part of The Daily Post: Daily Prompt – Gone with the Windfall: You just inherited $1,000,000 from an aunt you didn’t even know existed. What’s the first thing you buy (or otherwise use the money for)?

Excerpt:

“We believe that the only things we really take to the grave with us are our deeds – the weights upon which the scales of our eternal fate will be based (and, of course, depending on God’s decisions).

However, we also believe that a way for someone to receive blessings even after they pass on is if they have some form of charity or good act that continues in its effects after the person in question has passed.

For this reason, I’d like to think that I’d use most of that money in aiding my long lost aunt’s afterlife.”

https://naziyahmahmood.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/the-cookie-monster-niece/

 


 

  • Human Poker – A Game of Chance

Written as part of The Daily Post: Daily Prompt – Binding Judgement: Does it ever make sense to judge a book by its cover — literally or metaphorically? Tell us about a time you did, and whether that was a good decision or not.

Excerpt:

“In a way, the people who walk in and out of our lives can be thought of as a pack of cards (odd analogy, but just work with me here!)
They start off blank with an unknown type, wrapped up in a shiny, decorative box that we can’t help but want to open. As we get to know them better, that initial perception begins to change as our fingers undo that flap at the top of the box, and we eventually slide out their real face – their real ‘suit’.”

https://naziyahmahmood.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/human-poker-a-game-of-chance/

 


 

  • The Case of the Guilt Ridden Tattoo

Written as part of The Daily Prompt: Daily Post – An Odd Trio: Today, you can write about whatever you what — but your post must include, in whatever role you see fit, a cat, a bowl of soup, and a beach towel. Sorry, it’s another rushed post!

Excerpt:

“What do you make of it, Detective?”

The lifeless body, permanently contorted into its freakish form through the typical characteristics of rigor mortis, lay splayed across the alleyway floor; a single beach towel was used to conceal the identity of the newly deceased man.

The stale air that filled the narrow alley was further contaminated by hoards of onlookers, all wide mouthed and shocked from the presumed criminal incident that would probably be making the front page of tomorrow’s newspapers.
The barrier of police officers was the only line of defence for our investigation against the bright flashes of reporter cameras and forced microphone clad hands; just another day in the big city, it seemed.”

https://naziyahmahmood.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/the-case-of-the-guilt-ridden-tattoo/

 

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