I saw a news report on Fox a couple days ago about something called the Fire Challenge. Apparently, teen guys and gals are dousing themselves in flammable liquid on camera, lighting themselves on fire, and then jumping to safety or putting the flames out—and then posting the whole shebang on Youtube.
I’m not here to say one thing or the other about the smartness or un-smartness of teens deciding to do the old douse-and-light routine on their own bodies. What I am here to say is don’t be afraid to use things like headlines, news stories, and celebrity stories for your blog posts, emails, or as a jumping-off point for your own fiction.
Which got me thinking of the writing prompt for this week’s Fabulous Fiction Friday.
Here it is:
Your friend’s about to do something potentially dangerous that’s worked well before. Something about it makes you uneasy, though. After your friend goes through with it, something unexpected happens, and you know neither one of you will be the same.
All right…how would you write this story?
We could have different characters (male/female, robot/zombie, werewolf/vampire, and more). But what about the result? What would happen here after the thing was done?
We could have a sad ending, despite the fact that nothing happens during the what-have-ya that the friend in the story does.
There’s the lure of things like:
Becoming an Inanimate Object
Maybe I went too far on that last one—but that’s the point with fiction, isn’t it? To have a lot of fun with situations that nobody would try in real life? Or would they? Can’t say for sure–I’ve met a lot of interesting people over the years (some I’ve talked about, and others I haven’t…yet).
We’re coming up on the middle of August here in a bit. Make it an awesome weekend…with good memories.
Until next time,