Random thoughts on getting started with story: create a fun event and then trash it

For example:

  • set up a family enjoying a picnic that is destroyed by a runaway zombie (horror/humour)
  • establish a group of friends holidaying at the beach when surprised by a tsunami (adventure)
  • a dating couple about to kiss at a picnic are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of the boy/girl who got away (romance)

Hope these thoughts help you get on track with your story writing. More ideas coming soon.

About Carol Jones

Carol Jones is the author of 'The Concubine's Child', set in 1930s Malaya and The Boy With Blue Trousers set in 1850s China and Australia. Born in Brisbane, Australia, she taught English and Drama at secondary schools before working as an editor of children's magazines. She is also the author of several young adult novels as well as children's non-fiction.
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