Triple F, And An Awesome Announcement…

How has your week been so far? Mine’s been great: I got an edit out the door early in the week, I’m getting back into the swing of doing more writing while adjusting to our new internet set up. What happens to me in life, or things that I think about, tend to inspire me for these prompts.

Before we get to the writing prompt, I have a special announcement to make:

Today marks the 250th post here at Fiction and Copy Decoded.

I can hardly believe it, but it’s here already. A super-huge THANK YOU to all of my readers and subscribers out there–writers need readers, and I’m happy that each of you take time to take a look at what I post every week. It may seem small, but small adds up to big eventually.

A couple of my writer friends over at the Long Ridge forum suggested I get a book to celebrate my 100th post, way back. I didn’t do it, but there’s a book that I’ve requested to have shipped for a look-see to celebrate the 250th post here.

And yes, a writer buying a book–that’s mass hilarity, mostly because it’s unusual, rare, and almost never heard of, right? WRONG. Ha! Writers love to learn and read, most of the time, and I’m not an exception to that.  I’ve done Triple F posts about books, reading, and what-have-ya already, so this might be a stretch this week.

Your Fabulous Fiction Friday prompt for this week is:

Something shakes up in your character’s day-to-day life. It’s a big part, but to others it seems like no big deal. What is it, and what happens next?

Now, the fun, fictiony part of this.

We’ve got one plot point, a slight perspective from other characters in the story, no plot, no setting, and almost no character to work from. Such is the clay, and now we sculpt.

Get your gender picked, and your setting too, and then go.

How about a woman who has a favorite coffee shop close down? All she’s ever done there is get coffee once a week, on a Friday. What’s the big deal? Maybe she doesn’t want to go anywhere else because they don’t brew correctly and burn the beans. What does she do? Does she raise funding to get it reopened? Persuade the bank to back off? And is she successful in that?

Or a robot who gets his tune-up from a certain engineer because he doesn’t get the inner workings as dirty when he’s poking around. What if the engineer gets sick? Was he paired with his engineer from the factory? In a world full of comparable engineers, why does it matter to this bot what happens?

Maybe a guy breaks a lace on a custom shoe and doesn’t want to replace it. Maybe he can’t afford to, because these were specially made shoes for a condition that nobody knows he has. Or they’re an invention prototype he hasn’t finished testing, and he’s only got one more day before he meets with potential investors. What happens now? And why is this about more than just a shoelace?

And of course that’ll be for you to decide…

Next week is the last week of July, and August will soon be swinging in (even though July’s weather has been hot, I hope August doesn’t continue the trend, although it might).

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

Until next time (and 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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2 Responses to Triple F, And An Awesome Announcement…

  1. Carole Mertz says:

    I always feel inclined to reply to you, Ty. Because your humor makes you so accessible. I have a feeling you can write “funny” without even trying. Since I’m writing an article on Humor just now, I have the topic on my mind. I just discovered Frank O’Connor’s description via a short story, of a 7-yr-old lad’s First Confession. It was doubling-over, chuckles-bursting-out-of-the rooftop-funny.

    Congratulations on your 250th, but don’t you dare try to put 250 candles on the cake!!!!

    • Ty Mall says:

      Thank you for the congrats and stopping by, Carole. Don’t know about writing funny without trying, although there have been times people tell me I’m funnier when I don’t try to be funny, so maybe that’s what they (and you) are trying to tell me. And don’t worry, I won’t put 250 candles on the cake–blogs can’t eat.

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