2. Use one of these opening sentences to start a story:
- Okay. Remind me again why I wanted to be a June bride.
- A black wall of cloud raced in from the west. Dead leaves scattered in the wind. Once again, the perfect setting for his arrival.
- I refused to let them see me cry.
- When I thought about the cabin, I only remembered the corners—the ones where I’d crouched in fear.*
- I never dreamt it would be still standing after all these decades, but then, if my great aunt’s diary was right, this simple weathered cabin was magic.*
- I hated classical music, so fortunately for me the concert was cut short half way through the William Tell Overture—sadly so was the conductor’s life.
3. June 21st marks the official beginning of summer. Use some of these summery titles and excerpts to frame a story, personal memory, or poem:
A Summer Place, Summer in the City, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows, The Summer Breeze, The Summer of ’42, Summer Wine, Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?, The Longest Day, Summer Holiday, Summer of ‘69.
4. See where these lines of dialogue take you:
“Come here and look at this!”
Kelly obediently peered over Mike’s shoulder at the computer screen. “What am I supposed to be looking at?”
“Linc’s Twitter account’s been hacked.”
“Yeah, so? Happens to lots of people. The message usually says that someone is saying bad things about you and gives you a link you’re supposed to be stupid enough to click on. No one falls for it anymore. Linc knows what to do.”
“This message is different.” Mike pointed at the screen. “Look.”
Kelly read the message to herself and then again out loud. “They’re going to kill me. Help.”
“Excuse me did you drop this?”
“No that’s not mine.”
“I think it is.”
*I posted these writing starters at author Laura Best’s blog http://lauraabest.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/something-in-the-middle-of-nowhere/#comments in response to a photo. I thought they would be fun to share here.