There’s nothing quite like real life for providing weird and wonderful story ideas.
Write a story ripped from the headlines
- You can use your favorite new source or go to the front page of Wikipedia to grab a headline from the modern-day or from this day in history
- Media outlets often have that little “duck on a skateboard” moment at the end of newscasts or sometimes they call it Also In The News. These are wonderful sources for wacky, quirky stories.
- Remember, however: fiction has to make more sense than real life!
- Read for 5 to 10 minutes, until you find something that piques your interest even a little. Imagine how that would play out in fiction.
- Resist the temptation to spend too long reading.
- Try to pick a story that touches on issues you already care about. If you can imagine yourself getting into a Facebook fight with semi-friends over an issue, that’s a good sign that you could sustain your interest for the length of a short story. (In fact, why not plan to write a story specifically to annoy That Guy In Your Facebook Feed? You don’t have to post it anywhere!)
Leave a comment letting us know what you wrote about today. Did you find a fun headline or topic. Share it below! If you didn’t write to this prompt, what did you write and how is it going?