Welcome to February’s Saturday Story Starter!
As those of you who have participated before know, this monthly feature on my blog is purely for fun–just as a way to exercise those writing muscles (think of it as Heather’s Literary Gym). There are no prizes, only the simple joy of putting words on paper (well, OK, computer screen). Also, I won’t be offering critiques, just brief words of encouragement, but I will read all your entries, that I can promise!(And if you’d like to read some of the earlier stories that have been shared, click here and here and here and here and here to browse to your heart’s content.)
I was in San Francisco recently, and came across a charming oddity outside a bakery that I knew right away would make a perfect story starter. Check it out:
Isn’t that funny? I laughed out loud! (Clicking on the picture should enlarge it for you, by the way.)
STORY STARTER: What a great springboard! There are so many directions you could go with this picture. A dog’s eye view of a city outing, perhaps. Or maybe an owner “parked” their dog while dashing in for a latte and a croissant, and came outside to find it missing. How about a canine imaginary friend–one who’s invisible to the rest of us, but perfectly clear to its owner? What kind of dogs would we be likely to see in these parking spots? What kinds of owners? Tell us about them. Invent a story. Entertain us–we’re all ready and waiting to be entertained!
If you need a jumpstart, here’s a first line you can use:
As we rounded the corner by the bakery, I sniffed the air with delight…
Ready, set, WRITE!