Whether you write short stories, novels, non-fiction, or screenplays, look for story seeds and write them down on colorful notecards. Here are a few I’ve collected over the years. Some of them sound like good first lines or topics for creative non-fiction, but they act as great prompts when I’m stuck for my next idea.
Once, at a 4th of July picnic, my mother thought I was a girl she knew in high school. I pretended to be that girl until the moment passed.
A shocking thunk! as my father ran over the family dog.
He called it, The Menopause, as if it was a monster in a Grade B movie.
She wished the mouth of the sea would open up and swallow her whole.
That moment when you realize the situation is unfair, but at least it’s not unfair to you.
I’ve lost so many story seeds simply because I never wrote them down. I forget them. Keep a notebook or an index card in your pocket and write down your story seeds as they arrive. You’ll be surprised how many of these seeds grow into full length articles or stories.