Back when I was in elementary school, I used to play a game with my classmates while we were out on the playground. I would have them, at random, pick the subject of a tale that they wanted me to tell. I would then spend the next ten minutes story telling, speaking very quickly. I, honestly, don’t have a clue as to the quality of the stories I told. I do, however, remember having a small crowd around me as I did my stuff.
One or two years ago, I asked my wife to do the same thing for me. She would give me a topic, and I would spend some time writing on that topic. I believe my story The Can, which I recounted in an earlier blog post, came from my wife’s prompt to write something on recycling.
In any event, I’d like to try a little experiment. I love writing, but for some reason I seem to do better when someone else gives me a topic than when I create my own.
So, I would like to ask my readers to give me topics. ANY topics. And I will endevor to write about it. I make no promises as to what I will come up with. It might be a non-fiction essay. It might be a fictional short story that barely brushes the topic. It may be a couple of paragraphs or it may be the first several chapters of a book. It may be silly, or it may be deeply serious. I haven’t a clue…
…and neither do you.
I ask this as a small favor, and I hope to give you great returns.