Today’s writing prompt, Murder at the Mountain Lodge, is all about honing your skills with writing suspense and dialogue. Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it.

Today’s Writing Prompt: Murder at the Moutain Lodge

Write a scene in which a small group of characters at a mountain lodge realize someone has been murdered while they are stuck inside due to a blizzard. Focus on writing interesting and engaging dialogue for this prompt.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Murder at the Moutain Lodge, by K.E. Creighton

“Candace, what are you doing?” Nolan asked as he cautiously approached her with both arms held out and a bewildered look on his face.

The lobby at the lodge had been dark for over an hour due to the blackout, except for the glow coming from the main fireplace that was casting shadows on the wall. Now, it was suddenly ablaze with artificial light after the power reignited.

Candace looked down and saw the blood trickle down the tip of the knife she was holding, into the red pool forming underneath Chase’s lifeless body next to her feet.

Kyle and Linda stared at Candace as she looked down at the blade expressionless. They were frozen in disbelief. Candace was always so sweet and reserved. This was unexpected, a complete shock.

“I… I don’t know what happened. I was holding the knife, and then—“

“You decided to slice Chase’s throat? We heard to yelling at him earlier!” Patrice interjected with a hint of rage in her voice.

“No. I, I didn’t mean to—“

“Murder someone when no one was looking?” Linda’s eyes narrowed as she spoke, growing more suspicious.

Nolan, only inches away from Candace, gently took the knife from Candace’s weakening grasp. He had a sad look in his eye when he spoke to her and said, “Please tell me this was an accident.”

She responded with a whisper, “I really don’t know.”

They began to surround her. Then the lights went out again.

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

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