Writing Journal Y4 Day 69

Continuing with the improv group writing today.

The rules are simple; everyone brings a prompt, something to start eh writing process.  You get your prompt and you write for five, ten or fifteen minutes depending on the prompt itself.  At the end of the time, you stop – no matter where you are in your writing – and you read it to the group.  Rinse, repeat.

Be kind and remember, they are raw.  🙂

Writing Prompt: Begin with the sentence “Heads we get married, tails, we break up”

Concept: Before we started writing we were talking about only writing dialogue, so that’s immediately where my brain went.  I think I had 10 minutes.

“Heads we get married, tails, we break up.”

“You’re insane.”

“Am not.”

“Give me the coin cuz you’re not going to flip it.”

“Too late! Wait, where’d it go?”

“You lost it!”

“I didn’t lose it. I just didn’t see where it fell… help me look.”

“Only you would say such a thing and then lose the coin.”

“It took a different arc. Probably caught some wind.”

“Wind? There is no wind. It’s a crystal clear night. See the stars up there? No clouds. No moon. Oh, and, no wind.”

“Uh huh. The coin is somewhere on the ground, so if you’re looking up at the sky, you’re guaranteed not to find it.”

“Forget it, I am not marrying you.”

“What? Why?”

“You’re obsessed with the ground and I’m obsessed with the sky!”

“I like the sky! Did I ever say I didn’t like the sky?”

“Well, no.”

“So then help me look for the coin.”

“The grass is too thick.”

“Too thick?”

“Yes. The grass is too thick. We’ll never find the coin.”

“So you’d rather give up? What happens then?”

“Heads we get married, tails we break up – so, lost coin means we stay status quo.”

“It can’t be a lost coin.”

“Why not?”

“It’s my lucky coin!”

“You have a lucky coin?”


“What’s so lucky about it?”

“My dad gave it to me. Said it was his lucky coin.”

“Ok. Not much luck there. Why did he think it was a lucky coin?”

“His dad gave it to him. Said it was his lucky coin.”

“I’m sensing a pattern here.”

“Are you making fun of my family’s lucky coin?”

“No, dear – I’m making fun of the fact your family thinks it’s a lucky coin.”

“Found it!”

“Really? Was it heads up or down?”

“Oh. I forgot to check.”

“How could you forget to check?!”

“I was so excited to find my lucky coin that I forgot to look and see how it landed!”

“This is the worst date ever.”

“Untrue. Remember the time we ate sushi at the 7-11?”

“Oh. Do not remind me.”

“Too late. We spent the next three days hugging the toilet.”

“…And there goes the romantic element of our evening.”

“What? Why?”

“You are so….male.”

“Is that a bad thing?”

“Yes. Yes it is.”

“Let me flip the coin again.”

“What? No. No, no, no. That train has left the station. That boat has sailed.”



“You said boat. It’s ship. That ship has sailed.”

“Oh so many ships have sailed this night.”

“What does that mean?”

“I tell you what – flip the coin. Heads, I’ll tell you what that means. Tails, I won’t.”

“Ok. Here goes.”


  • Dan Posted March 17, 2014 2:04 pm


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