Take a story you have already written that was never finished or that you do not like very much (a story which seems to be lacking something). With each sentence, in some way substitute opposite words or feelings for the source text. For example: “I went to the gym” becomes “I went for a smoke”; or “He stood” becomes “She sat”; “I am” becomes “I’m not”, “She felt lovely” becomes “She felt hideous”. This is obviously a strange, experimental exercise— and it is possible that nothing good will come of it! Uhm. At least it will be interesting, and will give you a good excuse to get back inside a story that has been lingering too long.
Okay, here is an example of mine. The beginning of an unfinished story called “Chicken Man”
Write a story composed partially of misheard song lyrics, clichés, overheard conversations, news headlines, menu items, etc. You can launch off with “I remember..” or “It had something to do with…” Use any of the following words if you can:
Grandma, Rocking, Dusty, Burnt, Brave
A character undergoing some kind of life difficulty is at a restaurant. The restaurant brings back memories. Don’t let the reader know what is happening in the character’s life, but let the reader know what the character smells, tastes, hears, sees.
I will be reading some of my flash fiction on WNPR, The Colin McEnroe Show on Thursday, May 19th at 1PM EST!
Let this photo lead you somewhere. Incorporate these 3 words in your poem or story: lettuce, sand, freezer.