Today, take a few minutes to notice your surroundings (you can do this at home, but going out may work better): Write down five things you see, five sounds you hear and three to five smells.
Write a story with a character who has a difficult decision to make. Put this character in the setting you observed and use your sensory detail in the story.
- Your setting doesn’t have to be the literal place where you collected your details. Turn it into a fiction if it works better for your story.
- I left out touch because depending on where you are, touching stuff might be out of the question. But add tactile details if you can.
- Use the details as reminders of what the character has to do.
- Use them as distractions.
- Use them to present a solution.
- Difficult decisions don’t have to be huge: your character might be an old person who’d like to get a dog but who can’t walk well anymore. Will the character choose more loneliness or physical discomfort?
Now go write!
Sonya Oldwin publishes a 100-word story every day – yep, it’s as crazy as it sounds.
Don’t forget to share a link to your story in the comments below.