Happy Independence Day, America! Here’s some writing prompts you can work on as you wait for night to fall and the fireworks to begin.

  1. Begin your next story with this line: “Want a hurdy gurdy for your band?”

  2. A fairy’s magic power lies in the promises they make. Write about one fey deal that the fairy herself end up regretting.

  3. Write about a boat catching on fire while out at sea.

  4. A tyrant wishes to punish dissidents who’ve gotten too uppity for their liking. What creative options are available to them?

  5. A widower finds love again. Yet his siblings wonder if the new lover is a gold-digger. What justifies their suspicions?

If you use any of these prompts, please share your story or a link to your story in the comments below.