So a good friend (thanks Gig) always encourages me to keep writing– every day, even a little. This is advice I aim to take, which explains the blathers that appear on this blog. They rarely have anything to do with writing other than that they are comprised of words and punctuation and are therefore, by any loose definition, written.
Today’s will be different.
Let’s do some Mad-Lib Literature. If it works, I’ll make it a regular feature. If it doesn’t, I may still make it a regular feature. After all, train crashes are often just as engaging as tropical sunsets, yes? Here’s how it will work. Submit a story outline to me, via comment or email, containing the following three elements:
1) Character(s): These can be existing figures, either real or fictional (and you can make them up, too). Include 1-3. Examples: Madeline Murray O’Hare and Bullwinkle; Severus Snape, Barack Obama and Scarlett Johannsen; female middle-aged unhappily married dental hygienist who secretly dreams of being a roller derby superstar; a twelve year old three-legged chihuahua. Etc.
2) Setting: The Swiss Alps, an urban office complex, the Twilight Zone, under your bed, etc.
3) Genre: Action, romance, thriller, mystery, horror, chick-lit, pulp fiction, etc.
I will choose one idea and write a little something, trying to stay as true to the requirements as possible. Challenge me. It’ll be fun! Let’s hear it.
Here’s my own outline submission:
CHARACTERS (2): 1– uber-geek forty-something fangirl; 2 — escaped convict posing as Star Trek’s lieutenant Worf in order to slip unnoticed through a crowded convention hall.
SETTING: under an autograph table populated by the cast of Battlestar Galactica.
Do not make me write this. Seriously. Send me your three-point outlines. Onward!!