New ideas

A couple of days ago I mentioned a project I have in mind; I’m thinking of putting together ideas to give people something to write about. Many people say they want to write but have no idea how to start’ a couple of years ago I wrote a month’s worth of ideas to trigger writing and I’m thinking of pulling them together, editing, and then having them in a small book.

Here are a couple of examples:

Idea 1
Here is a scenario for you to consider…
You are in the lounge of a hotel and you notice a woman in her forties on the next table. A man enters, and their eyes meet for a long couple of seconds, but he turns away. The woman’s husband is at the bar; he greets the man as a colleague. The husband brings the man over to his wife and introduces them as if they were strangers to each other…

Idea 2
This is an important aspect of your story and is often established in the opening.
So, who is telling the story?
Is it you? The unknown all seeing narrator, who knows what is going on in every character’s mind and who can see it from everyone’s point of view?
In a short story all these aspects are of vital importance in order for the reader to properly understand and see what the writer wants them to see. Rewrite a well-known story, a fairy-tale maybe, or something of your own – but focus on the narrator, be aware of who it is who is telling this tale.

Idea 3
The senses
Here is a reminder of the five senses; use them in writing, but today emphasise and highlight the sense of smell in your piece:
smell can be very effective, pleasant and unpleasant, subtle or overpowering, elusive or unavoidable
sounds – especially if they are barely audible, unidentifiable or out of place,
vision – what you see or barely see or don’t see, especially things which in another setting might be innocuous,
touch – and sensations of hot or cold, wind where there shouldn’t be any, prickling skin etc
taste – eating something which tastes of something else

Idea 4
Here is a scenario for you to consider…
You’ve strayed into a seedy part of town; rounding a corner there’s an elderly man on the other side of the road having a blazing row with a portly young man. He’s furious, trying to hit the younger one who hurries away. The old man leans against a wall as if about to collapse. A bouncer in the doorway of a club goes and helps the old man, taking him into the club.

There are another month’s worth! I’m not imaging that anyone would write something every day for a month, but if they do then here would be something to start them off

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