This week I’m giving you a fairly specific prompt, and guiding you through the story opening with a series of questions. Use this prompt in any setting, any genre, any time period. Use it again, in a completely different setting. In fact, why not bookmark it now (do people still bookmark things?) and come back to it whenever you’re stuck.
Your character is at work, in a place they know well. Suddenly they notice something that wasn’t there last time they looked.
Don’t try to answer all these questions at once. Write a sentence or two before you look at the next question:
- What is your character seeing/experiencing/smelling/touching/thinking about as part of their daily grind?
- What do they notice, that is out of place?
- Why does it suddenly stand out?
- How does it relate to the character? (Pause here to think about your character’s backstory. Don’t put this in the story yet, but in your own head give your character a reason to connect/recoil from this new thing.)
- Describe the object, bearing in mind how your character feels about it (but don’t tell us how your character feels about it or why)
- What does your character want to do? What will you let them do?
- What happens next?
- How does it end?