Triple F: Crossword Clues #8, And An Awesome Anniversary…

Hope you’ve had a great week. Lots of shopping, relaxing, and a little bit of sweeping up as we go into another piece of my management gig.

First off, I have to say a big HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to my parents, who are celebrating their 21st anniversary today!

Love you guys, and I wouldn’t be who I am without both of you in my life.

Okay, now with that awesomeness out of the way, we’ll move on to the fiction writing prompt, aka Triple F, aka Fabulous Fiction Friday. And it’s still from the ol’ Sunday crossword, at least for now.

So here it is:

Across clue: Throw away the script (5 letters)

Down clue: Writer Dahl (5 letters)

These clues don’t intersect.

What happens now?

Okay, my answers for this are “ad-lib” and “Roald,” in that order.

Now what do we do? Roald Dahl was a spectacular children’s author (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and a bunch of others). He also passed away back in 1991.

So we have a deceased author, and an idea for making things up as we go along (a very writerly task, especially for fiction folks).

Let’s not involve Mr. Dahl or his books directly, since that would veer toward fan fiction. Unless that’s what you want to do. I talk a bit about that over here.

Otherwise we’ve got a character (an author/fiction writer), and not much else. How about we take a stranger approach? Okay, we’re going literal–throw away the script. There’s a bit of a plot point there.

An author throws away a script and…no that’s a little too tired. Kinda like the dog ate my homework (impossible, because I never had a…never mind).

Okay, how about aliens pick up the discarded script, and view it as 100% fact? What happens then? (A similar idea to the movie Galaxy Quest). You can take it hilarious, dark, what-have-ya.

Or how about a living script, that changes depending on who’s reading it? Or, a sad little script who didn’t want to be thrown away, because he (or she) loved their writer? Makes me wanna blubber just thinking about it. I don’t like stories with sad endings, but the story wouldn’t necessarily have to be sad.

Okay, that’s enough to get you spinning, I think.

This is the first week of September!

Make it an awesome weekend, with good memories, all right?

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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2 Responses to Triple F: Crossword Clues #8, And An Awesome Anniversary…

  1. Carole Mertz says:

    Hi Ty! I read your post and while ad libbing is a good skill, I preferred to recall what I could of Dahl. He was a complex somewhat tortured character.
    I just travelled 500 mph to learn about the construction of Sancho Panda-type equipment. Which means, I flew to TX to visit my engineering son and learn more about construction of wind turbines.
    Saw gigantic equipment that rents for $20,000 per day. Life is interesting. Tomorrow sightseeing in
    Taos. Thanks for keeping the writing community together!

    • Ty Mall says:

      Learning about wind turbines sounds awesome Carole. And traveling 500 miles does too. Especially to see something that rents out for $20k a day. Wow. Thanks for stopping by.

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