17 Writing Prompts: Fortune Cookies
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Not sure exactly how and why it started, but I’m fascinated by fortune cookies. I love the idea of a tasty treat with a mysterious message hidden inside—like dinner and a movie at twitter speed.
For at least ten years, I have been saving our fortunes: every single one of them. At this point, I have collected hundreds, and I faithfully tuck them into a salt-glaze pottery jar for safe keeping. When we finally buy our some-day-house, I’m going to use those bewitching slips of paper to make A PROJECT, yet to be determined.
From of my lovely models in the photograph above, here are my favorites:
- Listen these next few days to your friends to get the answers you seek.
- You find beauty in the ordinary. Do not lose this ability.
- Opportunity knocks on your door every day – answer it.
- 1, 9, 25, 35, 37, 49 (hey, you never know, they might be worth millions!)
- Your short term goal will soon be realized.
- Don’t worry about the stock market. Invest in the family.
- You will surround yourself with warmth and riches.
- Don’t give up. Your problem gets better next month.
- An unexpected event will soon make your life more exciting.
Why would one keep fortunes? Not only are you honor bound to eat a quick snack to uncover it, but the words themselves make excellent story starters or title ideas for scrapbooking, creative writing, or even blogging. The next time you are stumped, crack a cookie open; see if the magic missive gets you on your way.
- Who represents fortune in your life—financial, personal, spiritual? How does their fortune make you feel or inspire you?
- Regardless of fame or fortune, Ricardo knew he only had a handful of days left.
- What tokens of fortune or luck do you keep in your life or carry in your pocket?
- Serves me right for bragging: I was just telling Cindy Sue how fortunate I was to have such a great guy. Now I only wish he would leave.
- What fortunate events or coincidences have occurred in your life? How would your life be different today without those events? Write both versions.
- What is your favorite fortune cookie, quote, or psychic reading? How can you use those words to improve your work, inspire your creativity, or impact your relationships?
- When did you look fortune square in the eye and welcome it into your life?
- ”Fortune shines on the bold, boys.” Boss took one of the coins from the rusted chest, buffed it on his coat, and held it up to catch the sunlight. “It sure does shine.”
- Where can you bring fortune to others?
- Why do you consider yourself fortunate?
- How does your view of fortune effect your life?
- A hit at bridal showers and graduations, Madam Tortelli will tell your fortune for twenty dollars—and tell you lies for twenty more.
- What stories of fortune—both won and lost—have you heard or read about? How can you incorporate those tales into your own writing?
- If the rumors were true—and Buddy’s drunk story wasn’t too much of an exaggeration—there was a fortune to be found beneath Old Man Tucker’s barn.
- What fictional stories of fortune do you enjoy? How can you modernize them into new work?
- According to family lore, Crazy Uncle Jimmy lost his fortune—and most of his mind—to a curvy redhead, over thirty years ago. I went to my grandmother for the truth.
- What fortunes do you foretell in your children’s future? What can you do today to ensure they come to fruition?