The First Triple F of 2016 Is…

Inspired by events from last night.

How’s it going? Hope you’ve had a good week (and a great 2015).

I stayed up to watch the ball last night–although it looked like the focus was on the huge numbers on the gigantic TV for the countdown.

I did that mostly because (a) I did it last year, and (b) because I’m in the Midwest, and things were worked from the New York end, I only had to stay up until 11:00.

Which got me thinking how cool it would be if I were in another place (like in California–where I could make New Year’s Eve a regular night and go to be at about 9:00).

And since you know (or do now) that Friday is Triple F aka Fabulous Fiction Friday, that got me turning on that.

So here you go:

Your character can spend one hour somewhere else, observing something that they can’t technically see or hear because their body is somewhere else. They can’t be seen or heard for that hour. What happens?

Fun stuff, that’s what happens.

Okay we have a plot. One hour somewhere else. The gender and backstory of the character will be up to you here. And how they got to be able to transport (superpowers, some kind of experiment, what-have-ya) and where they go (a space station, a zoo, the Hershey Chocolate Factory–yum).

And we also have to toss in (or at least know) why the character even wants to do this in the first place. I had originally taken out any indication of time-travel, but if you want to do that too, feel free.

Anyway, how about:

A guy wants to see what’s going on right now at the international space station, because he loved rockets and outer space stuff as a kid, but now he’s 80 and could never get there on his own.

Or a kid wants to see what’s going on at the Hershey factory because he’s totally bored in school right now, and it’s one hour before school’s out (which reminds me of the heartbreaking fairy tale I once blogged about–at the end of 2013).

Wishful thinking is okay, is what I got from that fairy tale. But stagnation and dissatisfaction are not–which is another angle you can put in the prompt above, too. Why is your character choosing to deal with things this way? Thinking helps you see what could be, but without a plan, thinking is just thinking.

There’s a lot of things there, but I think (ha!) that’s all for now.

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

And have a fun-filled and productive 2016.

Until next time (and week),

Ty

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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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