With all the talk this week about frozen sweatpants and making clothes, for Fab Fiction Friday, I was going to tell you to make something out of nothing.
But, we’re kinda already doing that today.
So I decided to do both.
Here’s the Triple F prompt for this week:
Pick a profession. Any profession. Mechanics, winemaking, what-have-ya. Now take a look at some obscure aspect of it—past or present—and spin a story around it.
Kinda like “it’ll all come out in the wash.” You’ve heard that? Everything will be all right, no matter what happens. It’s an expression from the trade of fulling.
And, no, the wash is NOT good ol’ water. And I ain’t-a-gonna be the one to tell you what it was…you have been warned!
There are hundreds of professions out there—like electrical engineering, coaching, physical therapy, typesetting, what-have-ya. Once you’ve picked out your profession, that’s when the fun starts.
How to put things together. You may have a novel on your hands by the time you’re through here, but we’ll presume that you’re dealing with a short story.
Okay, we’ve got gender of the character, and the setting. Or we will have, soon enough.
I love coming up with settings—especially the kinds that don’t exist yet. One question to get you started—is the gender of your main character a barrier or a pass in their chosen profession? And why? What about professions “only for” a certain gender?
And is this Earth we’re on? Future? How far into the future? Or is it a non-human society we’re dealing with? Or humans and aliens co-existing? Is a human trying to cross over to an alien profession? What is that profession?
And then there’s motivation—WHY do they want it? Something deeper than “just because.” Because the cute alien girl with ten delicate arms does it, and he sees her on the way to the job he hates? Because a father told a female character she wouldn’t have the patience to do XYZ for a living, and she wants to prove him wrong? Why? So he’ll believe in her?
I know the profession in the story is real, but what if there is some application of that profession that isn’t—brewing beer with a particle accelerator maybe?
And I didn’t say the application or aspect of the profession couldn’t be made up. But it would work out better for you (probably) if the aspect you chose was real.
And here’s what’s cool. You’ll be increasing your general knowledge (or maybe professional, if you decide to pursue something as a paid pastime, or for fun) AND coming up with a limitless number of stories.
Why limitless? Every profession likely has dozens of unique aspects. And then there are dozens of professions. I’d almost be willing to bet you couldn’t keep up with all the story ideas that came spewing from your subconscious—faster than Old Faithful on a sugar high.
Next week is the week of Thanksgiving. Holy cats! And then after all that turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed spuds and gravy, or what-have-ya, the month of November will be gone, and December will be here.
Make it a great weekend.
Until next time,