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    Season 1 Prompts for Dallas, Texas

    Dallas-area writers: Scroll through the prompts below and find one that speaks to you.  Does one of these characters inspire you to tell a short story that will distinguish you as an emerging independent writer worthy of recognition?  In the course of your story in any genre you wish, develop the character in your own style to reveal who that character really is.  Show us, your readers, who this character is, answering The Only Question... Who am I?

    Start writing now and email us at info@theonlyquestion.com to get on the notification list when we open for submissions.  We will begin accepting submissions for Dallas Season 1 in May, 2018.  Don’t wait to start writing if you are inspired by a prompt.  We want to hear your story!

    We are also working on Season 1 for Austin, Houston and Atlanta.  So, writers from those areas, join our email list for early notification on prompts for The Only Question Podcast seasons in your area.

    Linda Robertson, 48

    City: Dallas, Texas
    Keywords:
    Self-discovery, Imperfection, Risk


    After twenty-five years of marriage to Ron and raising Jason (23) and Sara (20), the comfortable life with all its Junior League responsibilities bores Linda senseless.  There’s no thrill anymore, not even shopping and wine.  It’s time for a new hobby, new friends, a job, maybe even a new Linda.

    Motivation: Linda wants something that is just for her. 

    Goal: Linda’s goal is to be an exciting person.

    Write your 2250-word short story about Linda.  Show us why you are an emerging independent writer. 

    Who is Linda?  Tell us.

    Submit Your Story For Linda

    Andre Benson, 35

    City: Dallas, Texas
    Keywords:
    Grief, Anger, Belonging

    Focused and driven to excel, Andre fully commits to peak performance in his fitness and in his career as a successful commercial real estate broker.  When his older brother, Tim (37), dies in an accident, Andre begins to lose his focus.  Something’s wrong.

    Motivation: Andre wants to make his family and friends proud of him.

    Goal: Andre’s goal is to retire, so he can enjoy his youth.


    Write your 2250-word short story about Andre.  Show us why you are an emerging independent writer. 

    Who is Andre?  Tell us.

    Submit Your Story For Andre

    Lauren Mack, 31

    City: Dallas, Texas
    Keywords:
    Connection, Self-esteem, Attraction


    Lauren lives a predictable life working as a CPA, volunteering and being active in her church.  However, her online dating profiles paints a different yet truthful picture of Lauren.  Learning to come out of her introverted shell hasn’t been comfortable for Lauren.  She doesn’t know what to do with all the new attention she gets from men, but it makes her feel good. 

    Motivation: Lauren sees her friends in long-term relationships and marriages and wonders why she doesn’t have that, too.

    Goal: Lauren’s goal is to fit in.

     

    Write your 2250-word short story about Lauren.  Show us why you are an emerging independent writer. 

    Who is Lauren?  Tell us.

    Submit Your Story For Lauren

    Eileen McGregor, 75

    City: Dallas, Texas
    Keywords:
    Consequences, Secret, Burden


    It’s not often when Eileen’s five children and ten grandchildren are together in one place.  Seeing them all together always brings Eileen back to the one decision that made it all possible.  If Eileen made the wrong choice fifty years earlier, she wouldn’t have her family or her legacy. 

    Motivation: Eileen does not want her family members to grow up with hardships that she experienced. 

    Goal: Eileen’s goal is to provide opportunity for her children and grandchildren.

    Write your 2250-word short story about Eileen.  Show us why you are an emerging independent writer. 

    Who is Eileen?  Tell us.

    Submit Your Story For Eileen

    Michael LaSalle, 45

    City: Dallas, Texas
    Keywords:
    Mindful, Renewal, Label


    He broke up with Paul (44), his partner of ten years and moved out.  He’s taken a year to get fit physically, emotionally and spiritually. Michael even got certified as a yoga instructor.  Now a major business opportunity has presented itself.  Michael is starting over again.

    Motivation: Michael wants to chart his own course, not be told who he is or what he should do. 

    Goal: Michael’s goal is to be happy with how he spends his time every day.

    Write your 2250-word short story about Michael.  Show us why you are an emerging independent writer. 

    Who is Michael?  Tell us.

    Submit Your Story For Michael

    Dolores Reyes, 56

    City: Dallas, Texas
    Keywords:
    Willingness, Courage, Patterns


    Dolores will do anything for her family.  When her oldest daughter, Maria (20), is hospitalized after she is beaten severely by her boyfriend Eddie (23), Dolores is tested on how far she is willing to go to protect her daughter and her granddaughter, Sofia (2).

    Motivation: Dolores is motivated by maternal instincts.

    Goal: Dolores’ goal is keep her family intact.

    Write your 2250-word short story about Dolores.  Show us why you are an emerging independent writer. 

    Who is Dolores?  Tell us.

    Submit Your Story For Dolores

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