Saturday, July 28, 2012

Story Starters - A Walk in the Woods

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Because of my recent vacation, I've stumbled across some new stories. But because I have enough on my mind to last a century, I'd like to share those ideas with you. This post is for writers, for those looking to start a new story or perhaps elaborate on something you've just begun. Anything you get out of this is yours to keep!*

You're walking in the woods, the trail just wide enough for one person, leaves rattling in the breeze, the scents of trees and fresh flowers wafting toward you. Now, you don't have to do this in real life to benefit from it. As a writer, your mind is full of ideas. You just have to ask yourself some questions to tap into that creativity.

Who are you? Are you yourself, or are you a creature of the woods? Are you an adult or a child? For the purposes of this exercise, I'm going to say I'm a human child, a little boy with dark hair and blue eyes. Take a moment and think about it. Who are you?

Why are you here? Your answer can be as narrow or as broad as you want. Are you here because you're camping, or hunting, or live here? Are you here because your god sent you? What about those you left behind--perhaps you were kidnapped by trolls and left to die here. Or perhaps you were just hiking with some friends.

Okay, so you're here. You're walking, running, limping, or frolicking along this narrow path... and suddenly, you come across this.

Is this what you've been looking for? Perhaps not--it's a surprise to see this hole through the roots of the stump. But what could its purpose be?

What's so special about this tree stump? Did a squirrel hide its nuts in here, or is there a venomous snake living in that hole? Or... could it belong to fairy folk? The little boy I am decides to put his hand in the hole, searching for something he needs. A magic gem, or a rodent for roasting.

It may be a silly sidequest, or a waste of time. But maybe, just maybe, it might just be the beginning of the adventure you've been dreaming about.

Happy writing!


*Seriously. I don't even care if you credit me. :)