Introducting Beauty of Decay Writing Prompts (Rules)

On my last blog I did weekly writing prompts that appeared to be popular with visitors. I’d like to introduce regular writing prompts here on Slithers, but with better organization and a specific focus. So, for my A to Z Challenge, I give you Beauty of Decay: Slither’s new writing prompt collection featuring 26 visceral writing prompts and exercises created by yours truly to inspire the creepy story writer in you.

What is beautiful about decay, you ask? I worked with dinosaur bones as a college student and participated in a mentored research project involving taphonomy. Taphonomy is the study of what happens to an organism from the moment it dies until a scientist exhumes the remains. I can’t think of many things more beautiful to me than fossilized bone fragments, so naturally I would say that death, decay, and decomposition hold a certain sense of beauty for me.

As one of Slither’s main themes is exploring the bright side of human nature from the dark side of writing, so Beauty of Decay Writing Prompts will be themed with both enlightening and creepy content in mind. Each Beauty of Decay post will begin with a brief fact or experience blurb, followed by a prompt or exercise that draws from that blurb.

Decay’s prompts will be categorized thusly:

Monsters (M): from interesting animal facts to prompts about the mythical, mysterious, and paranormal.
Natural Disasters (ND): natural disasters and acts of nature.
Genetic Anomalies (GA): anything that has to do with genetic inheritance, mutation, genetic disease, evolution, speciation, etc.
Forensics/Taphonomy (F/T): rot, decay, forensics, and taphonomy.
Mind and Body (M/B): transformations, morphology, physical and psychological stuff.
Paranormal (P): prompts with paranormal elements.
Other (O): anything that doesn’t fit into the above six categories.

Look for the A-to-Z Challenge 2013 tag as well as the Beauty of Decay Writing Prompts tag in the footers. The Beauty of Decay tag will continue to be featured on future writing prompts following the April 2013 challenge. An A-to-Z link will be featured on each prompt post during the month of April.

I can’t wait to share the first prompt with you all…getting excited!

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Sarah E. Seeley is a fantasy and horror author, and an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association.
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