Triple F and Pipes…

How’s your week been? For those of you who don’t know, it’s Fabulous Fiction Friday (a.k.a. Triple F and/or Fab Fiction Friday) here at Fiction and Copy Decoded. Which means a writing prompt for you fiction folks out there (but if there are any copywriters, poetry writers, or any other types of writers reading, it’s a good idea for you to take advantage, too).

I guess I could have said “Here at the blog today, it’s time to hit the fiction train!” but somehow what’s above seemed more appropriate and well, understandable.

(And that bit is in honor of my brother, who’s asked me more than once, “What is it with you, trains, and hitting things?”)

We’ve had some repairs here at the house, pipey repairs, this week, which leads me to the prompt this week.

By the way, maybe I should do a post or two about why and how to pull ideas from things like this, but maybe thinking about it defeats the purpose, which is to DO. Or maybe I’ve already written posts about it.

Anyway, let’s get to it:

Your character is in a room filled with cylinders. These cylinders are really pipes. Why are they there, and where do they go?

Reminds of those old (vacuum?) tubes in banks that would suck up people’s cash at the drive-up window.

Anyway, we’ve got a character with a gender you need to determine (unless the character is some sorta hybrid, an alien, a robot, or an alien augmented with robot parts).

You also have to figure out WHY the character is in the room in the first place. Maybe the character doesn’t know, but you’ll have to, so you can determine how they’ll deal with it here and now, as well as where these events fit in the overall scheme of your character’s existence.

Okay, where is the room? I didn’t say, for a good reason–more room to imagine things. Is it a house? Space station? Or is it the third stomach of a gigantic alien gut?

When is this? A character from the 1850s might react to this situation differently from, say, an explorer from the year 30,305.

And does the character figure out why the pipe is there, or who put them there? What function does that knowledge play in the story?

All right, that’s not enough imagining, but it should be enough to get you started.

May is more than half over. We’ve had weird weather here. Wednesday in the 50s and Monday, it was in the 80s. That’s a little too extreme, even for me. But my voice is back to normal, which is good.

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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