Ideas to Inspire you Writing

Look through the newspaper for a particularly interesting line like "It was a day like any other for Joe Everyman..." Ponder it for a moment, bend it around in your mind and explore the possible places a line like this could go... then write one of them.

Write down the basic elements of a whodunnit murder mystery– the name of a guilty person (i.e. Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, etc.) the object they've committed the murder with (i.e. a candlestick, etc.) and the place where it was done. (i.e. in the conservatory.) Make each element as random as possible (i.e. Bob Dole with an overfed goat in the Soyuz module) and then write a story that ties it all together. Feel free to make it more fun than believable!

Interesting things happen when different cultures come into contact for the first time. Sometimes contact is peaceful, and sometimes it brings disease, war, famine, or other dire concequences. Envision two distinctly different cultures, then write a story where they meet!

Type two random and seemingly unrelated words into a google image search (like uncle fuzz) and look through the images that come up. Prepare to be surprised, and if you're under 18 or easily offended, make sure the family filter is on. Now, find an image that strikes you, then write a story around it.

Politicians are masters of spinning sentences of ambiguous commitment that ultimately mean nothing. Look through the speeches of one or two that have had something to hide or get excited about lately and pick apart their words. Find a particularly vague sentence or one teeming with doublespeak and then use it as the backbone of a story.

Take a famous line from a famous piece of literature and run it through several different languages on an online translator (like Altavista's Babelfish) with Korean or Chinese as the last language, and then translate it back to English. Look at what comes out, consider the new meanings hidden within it, and then build a story around it.

Walk through an unfamiliar aisle of the grocery store or visit an ethnic grocery (Indian, Chinese, Mexican, etc.) and look for a product (or several products) that leap out at you as either strange, neat, frightening or wonderful. Now, use that image as the key motivator or focus for a story. Maybe people are passing the product back and forth while they talk. Experiment, try new things!

Write a story where a character is faced with a decision that is very difficult for him or her to make. This is no ordinary decision– it's hard to make, and it needs to be made soon. The stakes should be high (or maybe just need to seem high to the character) and you can even go so far as action if you want. Whatever happens, more focus on the tension of the decision than on something else (like people's looks or action-packed shoot-em-up scenes.)

People act differently on camera. Write a story from the perspective of someone watching a film where another person reveals a secret that is shocking or frightening. Try to capture the mood of being afraid or angry or reluctant to put the secret into words, make the character in the video real, make them believable.

Relationships are full of games, especially when the people in them are young or the connections that have been forged are superficial. Write a story where relationship games are being played between the two people who make up an otherwise loving couple. Put in action, make it real, scream and smash some things. Make it exciting, and let the ending determine on its own where it will go.

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Ideas to Inspire you Writing