Saturday, January 31, 2015

Introducing: Story Starter Saturdays

Today I am excited to announce a new feature here at A Curious Thrill! 

Story Starter Saturdays will take place one Saturday a month. They may be in the form of a picture or an opening sentence, a setting or a sound. Anything! These story starters are intended for everyone, writers and non-writers alike. We can all benefit from stretching our imaginations and our writerly muscles.

Write a poem, a story, a list, a dialogue, a description, or a song. Play the word association game. Set the timer for 10 minutes and do a free write. Create a new character or put yourself in a new situation.  See where the words and images take you. You never know what may happen. Even if an idea isn’t going anywhere to begin with, you may be able to use it some other time. Create a notebook and keep your story starters and scraps of inspiration for later reference.

Now, without further ado, here’s your first prompt:


Need some help?

Take some time to really study the picture. Search out those tiny details that you missed the first time. What do they tell you? What don’t they tell you?

Where did this bottle come from? Where is it now? Who sent it? Who received it?

What does the paper inside say? What do you notice about the water, the sand, the bottle?

Have fun! Share your first line or what approach you took in the comments below!

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