I created a set of what I call "Fortune Cards." These are elements and turns of plots and catalysts that change the direction of the scene. They might be a character's mood or goal, or something that happens.
My eventual use would be where I could pull out a card at random to throw spanner in the works of the scene.
But I find that I can pull three cards at random, and they make one of those writing challenges. You know, where someone gives you a list of words or elements and you have to come up with a story that uses them all.
So here is the writing prompt for this week. Three cards, drawn at random:
- 1. A large angry dog
- 2. A conversation overheard
- 3. A magnetic personality
The challenge is to come up with either a complete microfiction, or a concept of a longer story, using these elements as major elements of the story.
In the meantime, I'll be posting a new audio podcast tomorrow -- this time with a selection from Have Gun, Will Play.
I'm also recording The Curse of Scattershale Gulch as a gift audiobook for those who have subscribed to my newsletter, or read the blog. I hope I can get it properly done before Halloween.
See you in the funny papers.