My feeling in general last year was that a lot of the prompts set up the inciting incident of the story. Like “X happens, what do you do?”. Which made me realize that that’s not how I create a story. I would much rather work from the situation that occurs from that event, and later figure out exactly how that came to be.
Which was why I went with this prompt last year:
Strange and unlikely circumstances lead to someone’s pet iguana becoming the most feared and respected Captain, during the Golden Age of Piracy.
This prompt might seem weird and quite specific, but it actually gave me a lot of leeway to work out the circumstances that made this happen (which involved a mysteriously missing captain, a mermaid spell, and a treasure map).
This year, I’m really hoping for something to fit my actor kidnapping story into (perhaps something about someone waking up in a locked room or an author going too far to finish their story).