A Samurai Warrior works as a waiter in a Mexican restaurant in a small town in Essex. Why is he there in such an unlikely place and in such an unlikely job?
From whose point of view are you going to write the story?
Fancy you can do it in 500 words? Go on, give it a go.
Feel a poem coming on? Or a song?
Want to try writing it in dialogue only?
No rules. How you write and what you write is entirely up to you.
The important thing … is to WRITE.
An old cloak
You find an old cloak in your grandma’s wardrobe (or closet) that appears to be made out of shadows.
It is moving in a gentle unseen breeze.
Two elderly men in a nursing home exchange life stories during their time there.
They gradually come to realise they are not strangers to each other as they have previously thought.
Their paths have crossed before.
A stranger led you into this bazaar and then abandoned you there. What were you doing with them in the first place and why did they lead you there?
Can you describe your surroundings and how it feels to be standing there not knowing where you are or how to get out?
You can hear a bell tolling nearby, where is it coming from and what does it mean?
You are standing behind the girl with the backpack.
Where are you and where are you going?
Describe your surroundings – are they familiar or strange? Are you lost?
What is she looking at and why are you behind her? Are you with her?
What can you see and smell?
Describe the scene pictured without using the word sea.
Can you use words that will describe the spray from the wind-whipped waves?
Bring the sparkle of sunlight on water to life and paint a picture of how it feels to be standing here looking at this scene.
Imagine you are standing among the trees. What does the air around you feel like? Is there a breeze? What can you smell? What can you hear?
How would you describe the beams of light and the shadows without using the words light or sun?
Stretch your imagination and try to find unusual, highly descriptive words.
You are standing at the bottom of these stairs looking up.
Why have you come down them and what is waiting for you at the top?
Alternatively, what is behind you at the bottom?
Write about your situation without telling the reader exactly where you are or what is at the top of the stairs – or behind you. Use descriptive language to convey a picture that the reader can build up in their own mind. Make them use their imagination.
Use sparing language and make your reader feel the chill in their bones – whether it is the chill of air temperature or fear.
Remember; it is often what you cannot see that is the most vivid. Hitchcock used this to great effect. He rarely showed violence, he left you to imagine it. Think Psycho and the shower curtain scene.