Someone comes up to you and tries to communicate something. You can tell it’s very urgent, but you can’t understand a word. Can you break the language barrier?
I wish I had . . .
Write about a character who does something heroic on a day-to-day basis, without receiving any recognition.
You're shopping at the local grocery store. When it's your turn at the queue, you realize the cashier is trying to hold back tears. What do you do?
Of course, you can write about any other character instead of yourself.
For the sake of convenience, I've referred below to the cashier as a man, but of course it could also be a woman.
A young child comes out of the hospital, not only illness-free but with a new ability as well. What's her story?
Imagine wind chimes left tinkling on the porch of an empty house. Write the story surrounding them.
Write a story about a picture which exercises a strong influence over its subject.
Oscar Wilde’s novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and Isaac Asimov’s short story ‘The Smile that Loses’ play with this idea in different ways.
Think of a modern character dressed in old-fashioned clothes. Write about the character.
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