Last weekend I paid a visit to a local salvage yard. The outside grounds were filled with all kinds of recycled building supplies – windows, doors, sinks, etc. – while the inside was a cross between a hardware store and garage sale on steroids. Looking for some antique door knobs, a set of cane dining room chairs, some go-go boots, or a reel-to-reel tape player? Look no further.
I had high hopes of unearthing a treasure, but didn’t find anything I couldn’t live without (sadly, the 6-foot ornate 1910 balusters, like something Lord Elgin might have souvenired from Greece, were already marked ‘sold’). There was, however, a giant display rack full of old VHS tapes including dozens and dozens of old black and white movies from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, topped with a battered old black falcon that had seen better days. The film noir find seemed in keeping with the dark dreary weather we’ve been having off and on recently and the local Noir City festival starting on Friday, scheduled to include a variety of films covering “50 years of hold-ups, heists, and schemes gone awry.”
The old VHS movie titles and covers with their gritty images, shadows, darkness, and the ever popular private eye and femme fatal, inspired a list of film-noir themed words that I thought would be perfect for a round of Random Word Improv.
Care to join me?
Whether you’re marching for women’s rights, recovering from the plague, writing up a storm, or filling your creative well, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page. I’ll be giving today’s words a try somewhere in between working, watching inauguration coverage, and trying not to get washed away in the latest storm heading this way. Feel free to join in anytime.
For any of you new to Random Word Improv, here’s how we play:
- Pick as many words from the list as you want
- Write the first line(s) of a story (or a whole mini-story) incorporating your words
- Post your results in the comments section.
All right, let’s get started. Here are today’s randomly selected film-noir words– can’t wait to see what stories you find hidden in the list.
gritty crime cynic heist
virtue tragic shadow murder
seduction rain betrayal suspicion
fatal night victim jealousy
Are you ready? Go!
*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*
Back already? Can’t wait to read what you’ve come up with.
Happy writing to all.