It’s been a while since we’ve had a round of writing prompts on here. I decided to branch out and do historical prompts. This place was getting bogged down with all the fantasy prompts.
Now, I don’t write historical. I tried to write a short story set in the Great Depression, but it turned into a miserable failure. (Actually, my seven year old brother read it over my shoulder while I typed it, and I asked him for help. The plot didn’t improve, so I’ll blame that story’s failure on him. But he liked the story.)
These historical fiction prompts are going to be something unique because–guess what– they all happened in history! (I know, historical fiction normally is set in history, but hear me out.)
These prompts were all in the newspaper and they caught my eye. These are real life prompts, taken from headlines and articles in newspapers a long time ago. Some are quite humorous, and I daresay you’ll like them whether you write historical or not.
“Flower Picker Is Jailed” -New York Times, May 11, 1937
“The Pitfalls Of Catching A Cannonball” -The Guardian, February 16, 1880
“Man Found Asleep In Bed”– 10 December 1912, Hull Daily Mail, Kingston upon Hull, England
“Smuggling By Pigeons” – 11 July 1896, Worcestershire Chronicle, England
“Radio Fake Scares Nation” October 30, 1938
Write the story first, then read the articles.
There is only a few this time, but you have no idea how long it took to find those.
Now, you might say that these aren’t historical. Well, I’m pretty sure that these happened more than ten seconds ago, and that’s history. If you want others, go somewhere else.
And one last closing article:
(*Some articles found from Find My Past, the rest I combed through old issues for)