Triple F: At The Change of a Hat…

How’s it going? Hope you had a good week. I’ve been going through the novel-writing course I signed up for, and it’s been interesting–I’ll have to go over things again, after I get everything under my belt, before I officially start going.

If you don’t already know, Friday is Fabulous Fiction Friday here. Which means a prompt, inspiration, and a little bit of awesome (here’s hoping).

A reader dropped by to comment on the post over here about my pants fiasco, and said “I wish getting new ideas and changing them out was so easy.”

I’d like to use that “changing out” as a springboard, in a different way.

Your prompt for Triple F this week is:

Your character discovers that changing their hat makes them think different types of thoughts. 

So many different directions here. No gender, backstory, or what-have-ya of the character, so you’ll have to launch those on your own. We have one teeny plot point about the hats, and maybe a bit of the setting/circumstances (making up the how/why about these hats’ existence, which may or may not make it into your story).

You’d also have to answer the question about how the hats do what they do, and what governs the thoughts. Is it color–thinking angry thoughts for red, happy for yellow, depressing for black or blue?

All right–some examples before my brain gets too far ahead of my fingers.

What if we have a girl who’s always been serious get struck by lightning, and when she wakes up in the hospital, she discovers she always thinks about flowers and candy when she wears a pink hat? How did she get the hat, and what significance does this have? Here’s one for you: Does the hat force her to buy the candy and flowers when she thinks about them?

Or a guy who wears a tie-dye hat and discovers he’s super-creative? What if he’s up at all hours, writing, shooting video, or something else he does for work, because he’s excited where he wasn’t before? He’s making more money than ever, but if his health is suffering, would he choose to wear the hat less or more?

Or maybe a robot puts on his creator’s hat, and it makes him want to be more human, even though he wasn’t built to be artificially intelligent? Being human means being emotional. How would a robot deal with these things for the first time? What would his maker do when he found out about the robot’s reaction to the hat?

And as a final twist, what if these characters have trouble getting the hat(s) off after awhile?

That’s enough to get rolling, I think. In about a week and a half, May 2016 will be gone.

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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