New Dreams

Hello everyone! Happy 2017!

The beginning of a year is a time to start fresh. People set goals and make resolutions for how they will improve themselves. Many hope the new year will be better than the former year.

Your writing challenge for the next two weeks is to choose one of the five settings listed below. Then, create a character based off the quote at the end of the prompt. Use the quote and location to create an interesting conflict. When it comes to deciding what your character wants, be creative. After all, it’s a new year, don’t go with an obvious choice. (e.g. A high school student dreams of becoming an engineer. He has a beautiful singing voice and his mother forces him take voice lessons and audition for American Idol instead of letting him get involved with math and science clubs.)


  1. Thebes (Ancient Egypt)
  2. Virginia (The Civil War)
  3. Paris, France (World War II)
  4. A reality TV show (e.g. American Idol, Shark Tank, The Bachelor, etc.)
  5. Mars (3000 AD)


“Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not clichés but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.” – Phillip Sweet

Happy writing!

Katie Merkel