Writing Prompt #7: Location Unknown

Your character — new or preexisting — awakes in a location they have never been before, and they have no idea where it is or how they arrived in their current predicament. In their pocket, they have a limited amount of local currency (enough to buy two meals, though they are not aware of this); besides that, they only have the clothes on their backs. The language spoken by the locals is one your character does not know.

How does your character react to this unforeseen change in their life? Do they lay low and try to figure out how they ended up in this location? Do they have enemies that they automatically assumed dump them there? Or do they go along with the flow as it were and walk about at leisure exploring their new sights? How do they handle the unknown currency in their pocket? Do they hoard it for future use, choosing instead to hunt through garbage and/or steal what they need? Or do they use the currency, possibly getting swindled? Most importantly, how do they communicate with the locals (if they decide to do so)? And don’t even think about universal communication devices a la Star Trek; they would either be broken or removed prior to the dump.

Follow this prompt through and feel free to make it as long or short as you wish. What better way to see what a character is made of than to thrust them into the unknown!

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Published by smwright

Sarah Wright is the author of The Heritage Lost Series and several other works of speculative fiction. Professionally, she works as a staff writer and editor at a newspaper/magazine company. She enjoys interweaving her love of history into her writing, even in the most fantastic settings.

2 thoughts on “Writing Prompt #7: Location Unknown

  1. That actually reminds me of a book series I just finished in which one of the characters finds himself transported from an eastern kingdom to a western one . . . the only problem was the author did not really “go there” with the situation. I think she could have afforded to do this writing prompt. haha!

  2. Yeah, a lot of writers need to go there for sure. It is not easy to find yourself relocated, so many variables… so many possibilities that could really enhance a plot.

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