HALLIE EPHRON: Everyone knows, we writers get our ideas in the weirdest places. I got a doozy at a yard sale. Another came while I was watching my neighbor being carried out of her house by paramedics.
The challenge isn't finding the spark, but where to take it.
Story challenge! So today I'm going to share with you a story spark and ask YOU, where would you take it. Points awarded for originality, and a prize to the winner!
I'm driving my car on the highway when I notice a man walking in front of a car in the breakdown lane. I do a double take, because it looks as if he's walking his car. (The apparently driverless car is slowly rolling along behind him.)
That makes me laugh. I try to imagine what's going on in the apparently empty front seat of the car. Who's steering? If I stop and asked if he needs help, what would happen? What's in the trunk?
I know this is an idea for short story, but all I have is a beginning... Your challenge is to figure out what happens next.
The beginning: A woman, driving along the highway, notices a man walking just in front of his car which seemed to be rolling along behind him, driverless in the breakdown lane. She pulls over to see if he needs help.
Challenge: What happens next?
A copy of Lucy Burdette's wonderful new book, MURDER WITH GANACHE, goes to the lucky winner.