It's often said that it's the simple things in life that give us the most pleasure: Slurping an ice cream on Barmouth beach, getting our feet wet in the sea, singing songs in the car, going for a walk - not because you have to, but because you want to; a welcome, small, cool breeze on an otherwise hot and humid day; an acceptence following months of rejection letters. There must be a thousand of these simple pleasures that take people out of the mundaneness and trauma of their lives and makes them happy, if only for a while.
It's the same with writing. Often, it's the simple story lines, derived from ordinary every day events, that are the most successful. In poetry, it's the simple observations and analogies that creates beautiful verse. In article writing, it's trying to tap in to a simple idea that people can relate to. In novel writing, it is often the clear and uncomplicated plots that grip the reader more.
So, my writing thought for today is to think about your everyday lives. What's happened to you, or someone you know recently, or in the past, that you can plunder for a short story. I find listening in to other people's converstaions is a gold mine for ideas. I 've heard so many different and entertaining snippets of conversation, that it's fun to sit down later and take one word or sentence that I've overheard and turn it into a story! Try it, it can take you down some exciting and interesting avenues.
Today, I came downstairs to find one of my cats Cody, had front paws twice the size he should have! They had ballooned up to look like a pair of those comedy big hands you see at football matches! We think he's been stung by a bee, but even though it's quite a simple event I could easily turn it into a short story. A young, single girl takes her beloved and pampered pet pussy to the vets as he's hurt his paw. As she's carrying her cat through the vets (it never goes in a cage) she is greeted by the sight of a huge dog bounding towards her, the owner, a handsome young, single guy is being dragged behind it. What happens next is anyone's guess. Do the pet owners get together, or not? Does she prefer the handsome vet? Does he prefer the handsome vet? Who knows! (My cat is fine, by he way, and the swelling is not as bad.)
Yes, I know the above example is lame, silly and cliched, but I'm sure you get my point. Have a sit down today and write down anything that comes to you about what you've done today. What have you seen, heard, tasted, smelt, felt? Who have you come into contact with? Did anything funny or sad happen? Pick out a few simple observations from today and see if you can make it to a story. Go on, I dare you!
Why not post something funny that has happened to you and let us all have a good laugh with you, heaven knows we all to laugh every now and then.
Happy writing. Julie xx