The Power of Suggestion, And Triple F…

You know that phenomenon when someone starts singing something, and without knowing what you’re doing, you start singing too?

The power of suggestion.

This post is not about that, but it’s close. Someone asked me to refer them to someone over Facebook (which Facebook calls “suggesting friends”).

Facebook sent me a notification that said:

“X and Y are friends, as you suggested.”

Hmmm…that’s interesting. I wondered what else could be impacted by suggestion.

On that note, here’s your prompt for Fabulous Fiction Friday:

Think of something you’d want to suggest to someone. Now, write a story with a character who suggests that thing.

So many different directions on this, but they’ll likely involve several core ideas:

Who the character is

What they suggest

Who they suggest it to

Why they suggest it

Whether the suggestion is accepted or not

Where the suggestion is made (both immediate and large context)

Now for the exciting part. Here’s a few things we could do:

Martin could suggest to Chloe while they’re at the store to pick up some milk. Chloe says sure, but asks why. Martin says that they’re out. Chloe asks why again, they just bought some last week, and she didn’t see him drink it. Martin says it’s because a basket with claws peeking out showed up at work this morning, outside his cubicle and he brought it home. They’d talked about adopting, and clawed creatures seemed like more fun.

Oh, and conflict. Conflict is good too. I didn’t mention that—for this scenario, that would be under “whether the suggestion is accepted.” Now, does Chloe know about this? Obviously not. Why did Martin hide it? And how?

That’d be for you to come up with; I’m just tossing it out there.

Or we could have someone suggest to someone else to go for a ride (which could mean different things to different people—just because someone thinks a word or expression means one thing, doesn’t mean it can’t mean something else). It could be a car, a plane, or a spaceship to another star system (when and where would be up to you on that).

Or we could have someone suggest to their dog to go for a walk (yes, there’s a place for normal people and normal things in fiction).

Regardless of all that, fiction can still be interesting.

Well, next Thursday is January 1st.

2014 will be gone, and 2015 will be here. Here’s to another awesome year.

Make it a great weekend, with good memories.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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