Here’s the start to a story concept about a young man who simply wants to be alone, but dies while surrounded by people he cannot understand or bear to be with.
It was a tattered day accentuated by the windy drizzle. It was hard to believe that in a few moments, I would suffer a crowded death.
I was enjoying hopping brilliantly as Dentist skipped begrudgingly, like a giant gerbil walking beautifully.
The ruler had tattered trees and a windy eye. It didn’t look dangerous. Not even its worrying flaps warned me of my fate. I should have sensed the danger in its hill.
I can still vividly recall the hat coming down on my fingers like a ugly blade – chatter. My life slipped away.
I’m working on a few different short stories this week. The latest one is built off this simple plot line:
A dog lover is suspected of an unprovoked attack. Events are made difficult by an accident.
I’m struggling a bit with the dialogue, but I have an opening sentence, which is this:
The garden of raindrops is a thought that beckons the soul.
The whole story takes place in Vohampwick, a small town filled with small people who have small dreams. Except for the hero, of course.
Here are a few character names for the story. I envision them being husband and wife couples that live in the same town as the protagonist.
Woodward Fearnley and Alice Fearnley
Marcel Bonnet and Ami Bonnet
The whole story is partly inspired by the following poem.
A Lemon on Tuesday
Tenacious late afternoon and the burned-out bottle
coagulate at the walls of my house
the gleaming alcoves conquered
I’d do it for the sphere in which you enchant?
For the miracles of transluscent opaque sepia you’ve crystallized
winged imbroglios are abducted
around opaque sepia water and sunburst orange smooth stones.
Like calcerous breakfast: corals!
Within the dull shades of burnt umber agony of the receptacle?
To the lyrical color of the silken atom,
Water and cashmere kisses
and around my hammock, during the lunchtime, I woke up naked?
And full of respect.
A story idea…
In California, a woman falls in love in love with a man fifteen years younger. What do they talk about when they go swing dancing together, and how does he persuade her that he’s not too young for her?
Another story idea…
A young female scientist discovers that a genetically modified beetle has the capability of spreading autism to fetuses through its feces. How does the corporation who designed the beetle try to silence her, and what is she willing to do to spread the word?
A few character names to use…
- Norman Knight
- Lani Godbehere
- Umberto Green
- Barb Dwyer
- Sergeant Ray Stiller
- Justin Palo
Some of my favorite sentences…
A sudden warm rainstorm washes down in sweet hyphens.
– J.M. Ledger
The sky, at sunset, looked like a carnivorous flower.
– Roberto Bolano
A simple story idea…
A young entrepreneur creates an app that can detect a person’s mood and broadcast it online. Why did the entrepreneur create such an app, and what is he feeling as his father slowly dies from pancreatic cancer?
Another unrelated but cute story idea…
A recent divorcee starts finding owls symbols and images everywhere she goes. Who appears in her life to tell her what they mean, and why does she start making tiny owls and setting them around town?
A few character names for the story…
- Lea Ho
- Jared Tuck
- Rodrigo Nunez
- Pinto Schwartz
- Hans Egger
- Lilly Binder
A simple story idea…
Dream up a new invention that is wonderful for the world, but devastating to your character. How does this character respond to the invention?
A man who manufacturers custom high-end soap and sells it online has gossip spread about him that he has a taste for children. How does the man react when he hears the gossip?
A few character name ideas…
Natalia Mariana Soto Perez
One of my favorite character descriptions…
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
Her skin glistening in the neon light coming from the paved court through the slits in the blind, her soot-black lashes matted, her grave gray eyes more vacant than ever.
A simple story idea…
A man has three nicknames, each representing different parts of his personality and parts of his life. What are the three nicknames, and why does he hate the first two and love the last one?
A woman sews two hammocks together to create a chrysalis high in a tree in order to protest a political movement, and the press flock to cover her. What is she protesting, and how does she succeed?
Some character names for the story…
- Singh Skeet
- Sheldon Gallagher
- Wallace Sharp
A few ideas for names for the town where this story takes place:
A few possible jobs for the main character: