Writer Anna Unkovich (www.annaunkovich.com) sent me this fabulous photo of a pair of purple shoes. Not only is the photo great for inspiring stories, but the shoes are also my favorite color. No way I could fail to include them in this blog!
There are a multitude of story directions here. First, you could write the story of the shoes themselves. Where have they been? When did they get home? Or are they still out, maybe at a lover’s house or in a hotel room?
What kind of adventure have they been on? Why are they discarded haphazardly on the carpet and not put away neatly in the closet? It appears there is a sliding door at the right. Has the shoes’ owner simply kicked them off and gone outside barefoot? Why? With whom? For what purpose? What is outside that door?
Now broaden your thoughts. Who wore these shoes? What kind of person would be attracted to purple shoes that have marbled brown insets and red soles? And ankle straps, to say nothing of the height of the heels. For what purpose did this woman purchase these shoes? With what would she wear them? Is she a business woman who wears conervative suits and lets her shoes hint at her wilder side? Perhaps she’s a fashion model who wears only the height of fashion. Or she could be a grandmother hoping to recapture the glory of her youth with fanciful footwear. Or a teenager looking to appear older than her years. Or a working girl who does business on street corners, or an employee of an escort service.
Oh, the stories these shoes could tell. Why not try your hand at putting one of them down for others to read? What else are you dong this weekend?
Comments? Your story ideas from this photo…
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If only they were boots.
What if the shoes were worn by a teenage boy? Or a little girl who received them in the mail on her birthday in a mysterious package with no return address?
Gorgeous! I have shoes on the covers of all my Camilla Randall mysteries, because she’s such a fashionista. I love interesting shoes, and these are treasures. Red soles! How cool is that?
Debra, just lower the heels and write away!
Rebecca, what fabulous ideas. I can see whole stories in each of your scenarios…
Anne, yes, those red soles got to me, too. I’m thinking of raiding Anna’s closet. These are just the best purple shoes ever!