Brilliant Story Guarantee

Two great story starters are:

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1. The new ________ was not what he seemed.

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and . . .

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2. If only she hadn’t stepped into that elevator with him.

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“Readers love mysteries, surprises, and intrigue. By letting them know that something or someone is not what it seems, you magically create the potential for all three.”

————————from Creative Writing Now

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“1) False Appearances

Here’s an easy way to get fiction writing ideas. Just complete this magic phrase:

“… was/were not what it/he/she seemed.”

Examples:

  • The new secretary was not what she seemed.
  • Their marriage was not what it seemed.
  • The job offer was not what it seemed.
  • The adoption agency was not what it seemed.
  • The gray house on the corner was not what it seemed.
  • Those lights in the sky were not what they seemed.
  • The hotel was not what it seemed.

2) Regrets

Another phrase that will help you produce stories is:

“If only I/he/she/they had/hadn’t…”

Examples:

  • If only I hadn’t left her alone that night …
  • If only she had taken the rumors seriously…
  • If only he hadn’t dropped that lottery ticket…
  • If only she hadn’t stepped into that elevator with him…
  • If only I had listened to my instincts…
  • If only she hadn’t picked up that locket…
  • If only he had brought a weapon…
  • If only she hadn’t tried to kiss him…” (Creative Writing Now)

See more great ideas at:

http://www.creative-writing-now.com/story-ideas-2.html

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Today’s Assignment:

1. Select either of the story starters shown above.  A brilliant story is guaranteed!

(The beauty of this type of story starter is that each writer can create the story completely with ideas from their own imagination.)