How’s your week been? Mine’s been pretty average as weeks go (kinda like, “eat, work, sleep, eat, work…”). Normal stuff, and that’s okay. For those of you who don’t know, I kinda enjoy routine–because I know what to expect.
Which leads me to what’s up for today.
Triple F, aka Fabulous Fiction Friday, aka a writing prompt direct from my brain, to my keyboard, to your screen, to your brain, and I hope shot directly to the center of your writerly inspiration for you to run wild with.
Okay? Okay. And for those of you who don’t know, I do this every week, and file it under Fab Friday Prompts over to the right of the blog bar doohickey. So if you need more inspiration, stop by there.
I remember something my mom told me a long time ago when she saw me watching TV. “You think of the commercials as entertainment, don’t you?” And why would she ask that?
Well, because when commercials come on, unless I have to eat, wash dishes, or use the bathroom, I usually don’t leave the room.
All of which conspired together, mixed around, and came out as inspiration for this week’s Triple F.
Here we go:
Create a setting where the characters watch TV, but TV is only commercials–no sitcoms, news, or what-have-ya to speak of.
Okay. Some of you may think this situation exists right now, but just for the sake of argument, let’s say it doesn’t. How could we make this interesting?
Having a sitcom family trying different products in a series–either actors, or real people thrown together? What could happen? A lot of stuff would have to be scripted, probably, if that’s what you decided to do. One product a day, maybe. And of course, this would have to be filed under N for “Normal people doing normal things.” (I like to say that, as a science fiction and fantasy writer).
Or we have creatures from another dimension who have to figure out what paper towels are for? What would they try to do? Eat them? Burn some as fuel? What if they made it work? Maybe we could have this one more of a live-action thing that was aired on TV, but have it in the form of a commercial or a spoof (that is, if the paper-towel-trying aliens didn’t become Overlord Beings).
All right, that’s about it. Inspiration is everywhere–even in stuff that seems silly, small, or insignificant to some.
February’s almost half over (and since 2016 is a leap year, we’ve got a 29th–Leap Day).
Make it an awesome weekend, with good memories, all right?
Until next time (and week),