Today’s prompt kicks off a month of Write On Wednesday short story prompts that focus on odd or very specific formats of stories.
Remember when Elaine from Seinfeld got a job writing for the J. Peterman catalogue? Every entry was a tiny short story, usually ridiculous, about the fantasy character who would wear/carry each product.
That’s what I want you to try today.
Write an imaginary entry for a pretentious, high-end catalogue
- Think about the character who might use the piece you are highlighting
- Think about the image you’re selling to the reader
- Take the characteristics or details of your imaginary friends, and amp them up to outrageous levels
- Make yourself laugh
- Be as over the top as you like
- Include a description of the object that contains sensory details
- Keep the ‘story’ to around 200 words
- Once you’re finished, look at your little story and see what you could learn from it, when you’re writing character or setting descriptions in the future.
- Could you use some of the techniques you employed here, even if you dial it back a little?
Leave a comment and let me know the product you described and the character you chose. What did you discover in your writing today?