Every Saturday I’ll post some story prompts: one-line story starters, phrases to play with free-writing, questions that recall a feeling or situation you can use in your novel. Use them as-is, adapt them if you want, let them jump-start a series of ideas and see where it takes you.
We’ll start with some one-liners today:
- I knew I should have left Mother at home. Every time I took her out . . .
- What could I say? It was rough and hairy and smelly, but it followed me home.
- She inhaled the scent of roses and closed her eyes, remembering.
- Three on one wasn’t fair, but I had no choice.
- She regaled us with sales figures and marketing plans, but all I could think about was the body on the side of the road.
- He wasn’t paranoid, but his eyes kept flicking to the rear view mirror and the SUV that had been following him for several miles.
- “Get the hell out of my room!”
- He fingered the necklace, then tucked it away in her jewelry box.
- He was finished – for the day, the month, forever. Then a knock came at his office door.
- You never know what a cat will do in a thunderstorm.
That ought to be enough one-line story starters for one of them to strike your fancy. Have fun with it, then pop back here and leave a comment telling us what you did!