So today is a bit of a prompts post, but also just something cool and fun and interesting to think about. There are two things we talked about in the creative writing class last week that I wanted to mention as kind of ways to build and experiment and inspire stories.
1. Firsts: First time for everything, right? And that's often where the most interesting stories can come from. Take advantage of that. Put a character in a place or situation for the first time, and their true colors can't help but shine through and interesting things happen. Here are some "firsts" that we brainstormed:
-First date. Something totally awkward and creepy and random like visiting a cemetery or your dates dying father in the hospital.
-Boy catches his first fish.
-Father taking daughter to the store for her first tampons and midol.
-First time meeting foreign relatives.
-First time on an airplane.
Some fun ones, right? Could turn into some really interesting stories. What other firsts can you think of?
2. Unique format: In class we started throwing around unique ways to tell a story, probably something more towards flash fiction. But the idea was basically to tell a story not using typical prose. So here's the list of our ideas:
-Checks (The experimental story "Ordeal by Cheque" by Wuther Crue was the start of this conversation)
-Tweets or Facebook statuses
-Email subject lines
-Notes in class
Anyway, those are just some fun ideas or things to think about. I definitely plan on trying out some of these. Do you agree these could turn into some cool stuff? What other ideas can you think of that fit in with these?