They Took My Idea, But I’m Glad, And Triple F…

How’s it going? I forgot to mention last post about the comics in the Sunday paper. I noticed a really cool one from Non Sequitur. That one does connected comic strips in a series, a lot of the time.

The one that I saw last Sunday was a bunch of panels, no words for most of the way, just pictures of a girl in no jacket, tromping through snow in her socks.

Here’s the kicker…

At the end, the cartoon invited readers to continue the story on their own, and asked them to fill in details about the girl, who she was, what part of the story (beginning, middle, or end) was told by the panels, and what-have-ya.

This ended up being really interesting, because I’d never seen it done before. And I try to do something similar most Fridays, only with words and no pictures

Does it lend validation to my ideas? Maybe it does. Then again, people have been drawing and telling stories for thousands of years. So maybe nobody took anybody’s idea on this.

That comic, and my lack of internet for about eight of the past 11 days, inspired me for Triple F this week.

Your writing prompt for Fabulous Fiction Friday is:

Put a character in a situation where they can’t do one of their favorite activities, either at all, or in the way they normally do it. What do they do instead?

Now here’s the awesome part.

We have a bit of a plot, but a blank character, and no setting.

Enter imagination…

How about a dog who likes to run around outside, but it’s snowing outside? How does he KNOW it’s snowing? Something his owner says or does, or is he aware of it on his own?

Or a girl who likes to bike outside, stuck inside on a rainy day? Would she just watch TV, or would she try to do something else? Why does she pick one kind of thing to do over another?

How about a robot planning an invasion who runs into turbulence that knocks out the randomizer algorithm on his TakeOver 3000 module? What does he do? (Had to get that one in there, you know).

February’s about half over. I hope you’ve enjoyed your 2015 so far. I know I have.

Make it a great weekend, with good memories, all right?

Until next week,



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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One Response to They Took My Idea, But I’m Glad, And Triple F…

  1. Carole Mertz says:

    See, Einstein was at the sea, somewhere up along the Baltic. He was working out his theory of relativity in the sand, drawing the equations with a stick as he explained them to a student. The tides changed. He’d just written E = M when all was washed away. “Oh, bother!” he said in his inimitable German.
    Then the tide of history changed.
    (Tee hee, Ty.) Thanks for your prompt.

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