Triple F: Taking Inspiration From a Potentially Awkward Conversation…

How has your week been? Mine’s been interesting, even though it’s been mostly about work.

In this post over here, I wrote about a potentially awkward situation that I got out of with the truth. And I realized that like almost everything else in my life, I could use this as inspiration for fiction writing, blogging, or what-have-ya.

So, with today being Triple F and all, I decided to do just that.

Here we go:

Your fiction story must contain the line:

“How did you get this number?”

I was originally going to have the prompt start out with this line, but then I thought that allowing for more flexibility was a good thing.

We’ve got barely a plot point here to start with–no setting, no character. So you’d have to fill in those blanks yourself. Someone seems either surprised, shocked, and/or upset that someone else got their number.

(And I’ll try to keep the geyser of ideas to a minimum here).

What if:

A guy calls a girl up, and she says this to him? Why would she? Did things end badly between them? Why? Does he want reconciliation, to tell her he’s moved on, or something else? (And there’s your normal people doing normal things, for this one).

A girl calls up her mother, who’s been experimented on to forget who her own daughter is? Why would someone do that, and why is that detail important? I know this would be heartbreaking to witness, such as with Alzheimer’s in the real world when things of that nature do happen, and you’d be able to relate to or imagine that deep pain with these characters in this scenario.

A robot guy telepathically connects to his alien girlfriend, who happens to be the mistress of an alien civilization? And what if he doesn’t know that? She doesn’t want to hurt his feelings because she’s had a blast on their last few dates. He realizes how hard it was to track down her mental and civilization code, and starts to wonder things…

Okay, that’s it–enough to get you started, I’d say.

February 2016 is history in a little over one week.

Make it 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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