Triple F: Running Near Empty?

It’s almost the weekend. Did you have a good week? To add a bit of brightness (or maybe more, depending on how things went for you), it’s Triple F today, aka Fabulous Fiction Friday. And a prompt.

I was inspired by looking at my battery-powered mouse for my laptop. It was flashing red, instead of glowing a constant green, which means less than 20% battery power before it conks out completely. I also remember reading a kinda scary story about a Facebook friend of mine in New Mexico who nearly ran out of gas on a point halfway between two towns–and she had 2 or 3 kids in the car with her. She made it, but man was it a scary experience.

That also brings up the issue of stakes in fiction to be sure–something important to fight for, and something to win or lose for the main character in a story.

I also like to think of fiction as a bit like life, because every experience your character has should make them different (something I’m still working out how to make happen in a way that doesn’t make it look like I’m using a sledgehammer).

So for this week, your prompt is:

Your character is about to run out of something important.

We’ve got a teeny plot point, and almost nothing else–you’ll have to work out gender, backstory (which will involve the stakes and what/why the reader cares about them), and what-have-ya on yer own.

Not to mention what the character is about to run out of, and why that’s important.

Dana is about to run out of orange juice. No big deal. If Dana is a chef and she has a pastry/flambe/something due tomorrow for a competition and she needs orange juice, things are more interesting. And if she’s planning on sending the first payment for her oldest son Kent’s college tuition, things ratchet up a little more…

Mitch is about to run out of lubricant for his hyperdrive on his old ST 3450 spacecraft. Everything’s fine until he hears a creaking noise. Now, what if everything got tuned up just last week? So if it’s not because he’s blowing off routine maintenance, what could possibly be the problem here? And does it have to do with the interplanetary diplomat he’s transporting on a top-secret mission?

(This is also how you can turn a seemingly boring story, quote, or fact into an email or blog post–stakes and relating it to something else).

Anyway, too much maybe for a Friday, and that’s enough to get the mental snowball rolling, I figure.

August has just made it in here. Yay! We’re less than one week in, and things are proving very interesting for me, that’s for sure.

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

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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