We have all felt alone at times, been places where we didn’t seem to fit in, where no one spoke to us or noticed us. We can mine those emotions for our stories. Here’s a prompt to help you do just that, for those times your characters struggle with the same emotions.
Write about being anonymous.
I thought of my son (whose birthday is tomorrow) and his little BMW when I wrote this. It set my mind spinning. Does it do the same for you? What was it about the car? Whose car was it? And what did he tell them?
Not until they saw the car did they believe what he told them.
Lists can jump-start our creativity, so here’s an opening that incorporates the beginning of a list. It’s up to you to discover the rest of the list, as your story unfolds. Set that timer and begin to write!
First, identify the stakeholders…
Stretch something out of the ordinary and it gives us great fodder for our imaginations to chew on. Here’s a little twist that will keep you occupied for the next 10 or 15 minutes. And let me know, what was blamed and what truth did your character know?
They blamed it on the double sun, but I knew the truth.
Another Hump-Day original opening. This one should give your imagination plenty of room. What is happening here? What needs to be done, and why does the other person need to go away? What will you come up with today?
If I do this for you, you have to go away.
Again we will mine our own experiences, our own emotions. Only through understanding ourselves can we bring life to our characters. This might be hard to do, but if you need to bring deep emotions to a story, you need to be able to reach into your own, find the emotions, then use them for the story. Set your timer for 15 minutes, and begin to write.
Write about being so angry you wanted to hurt someone or destroy something.
Some openings seem to point to a mystery beginning to unravel. But is that always true? Suspense doesn’t always mean danger and mystery. Where will this opening lead you? Into mystery, into darkness, or to a totally different genre?
A scream shattered the silence.
Sometimes it take only a few words to engage our imaginations. This one might seem like there’s little to it, but once you start writing you might just be surprised by what comes out. Set that timer, and start!
To actively unite…
Try this one on for size today. What images does it bring to mind? Is it a mystery, a romance, sci-fi, some other genre? Have fun with this one.
They had never seen anything so beautiful.
Prompts that are open=ended but still give lots of room to work within are the best. Here’s one that should get your creative juices flowing fast and furious. What can you do with it in 10 or 15 minutes?
I usually charge for that, but…