Directions: DON’T SKIP AHEAD.
Just write each little prompt as it comes up, and then look at the next one.
1. Make a list name 10 things you have to do when you get up in the morning. (real)
2. Now make another list!
Name 10 awful forms of employment/jobs (real)
3. Time for one more list!
Name 10 big, small, beautiful, ugly, ridiculous and/or cute animals (real)
4. Now it’s a a time to write a story. Choose a job from your list and an animal from your list.
5. Now write a story, where you or a fictional character wakes up, transformed as that animal, but you or your character still has to get ready for work!
Here’s how: Follow these directions carefully.
- Have character wake up in their transformed state. Describe how the character feels in their (transformed) body. – 3-5 sentences
- What’s the weather like out? Describe in 3-5 sentences.
- Why does character hate their job? – describe in 5 sentences- 1 paragraph
- For what pressing practical reasons does character stay in terrible job? 2-5 sentences.
- Bring in another character: roommate, spouse, lover, parent and have them nag character to get ready and get to work, WITHOUT seeing what they look like. 2-5 sentences
- Describe how character is doing getting ready for work. Use the list of details of your own regimen. SLOW the steps DOWN. 2-5 sentences.
- Bring in ANOTHER character: roommate’s sibling, lover, or other parent or someone else entirely disconnected who nags character to get ready for work but who doesn’t see them.
- Return to describing how character is dealing with getting ready for work in their transformed state – 2-5 sentences
- Character’s boss/supervisor arrives but they don’t see the character yet either– 2 sentences.
- Now the boss/supervisor and other 2 characters see character in their transformed state for the first time. Describe reactions that should be both physical AND vocal. 2 or more sentences
That’s the beginning of your story.
Now we’re at a bigger point in the story. You can make these sections longer or shorter.
How do roommates/family/spouse and kids or whoever your other characters are ACCOMMODATE the transformed character? 2 sentences.
Specifics – schedule, diet, change to the décor. – at least one paragraph
What is the straw that breaks the camel’s back with this accommodation? —scene with specific actions and reactions (hint – what NEW people can enter the scene to create a specific embarrassing problem?) – at least one paragraph.
What does the protagonist do/suffer/give up to solve the problem? 5 sentences to a paragraph.
There’s your story!