Well…this has certainly been a week, hasn’t it?
Folks with retirement in their sights could probably use a strong drink or two right about now, with the stock markets doing their best impressions of Olympic high-divers.
Travelers with plans for cruises or plane trips are probably busily reading the fine-print on their tickets and reeling from both a loss of cash and the loss of activities they may have been looking forward to and saving for.
Fans of baseball, hockey, basketball, and March Madness suddenly have a lot more free time but far fewer places to spend it, and I feel for all of the small business owners who make their living supporting the above sporting events.
St. Patrick’s Day parades, tech conferences, Broadway shows, museums–Disneyland for goodness sake–all have been either cancelled or closed for the foreseeable future in an attempt to damp down a virus that has the potential to continue to spread like an internet meme gone wild.
It’s hardly the stuff of a romance novel…or is it?
My boss at work has repeatedly said that “every crisis has a potential positive aspect”, so I got to thinking, where is the positive here? I didn’t have far to look (thanks to a post from some random guy on the internet). With people staying closer to home, away from crowds, and even quarantined, they’re going to need something to do.
Obviously, they’re going to need books.
Conveniently, we have a blog full of authors right here, plus thousands of others out in the general public busily writing away. For those who are interested in writing rather than reading to pass some time, we have a fresh set of random words right here ready for immediate use–no direct human contact needed.
I plan to give today’s writing prompt and random words a go once I get home from work.
Care to join me?
For those of you working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication), if you’re not feeling random, we’d love to hear a bit – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with and would like to share.
If you don’t have a story in progress, or just want to work on something new, I hope today’s random words and writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.
What if: “Your character just got some new neighbors?
Feel free to interpret the “What if” any way you choose (or ignore it completely) and include any (or all) of the following random words:
confused diva copper commando
grateful pipe glumly avocado
hectic teenager goat signal
vision chemical blurt brick
I look forward to seeing your stories in the comments. If you’re not feeling in the writing mood today, or don’t have time, feel free to post suggestions you might have for future “what-if” prompts. Ideas are always welcome.
Happy writing to all!