WordPress has a daily prompt of one word and it’s an opportunity to write a post outside of my comfort zone. Today’s word is Zoo and I thought I was just going to let it go like all the rest.
Then my brain started spinning threads of words and here I am typing a post.
The word zoo has created a fairly large stumbling block in my writing life. Several months ago I came up the bright idea to buy a book of story prompts to practice writing by direction rather than what’s comfortable. With the plan in place, I opened the book somewhere in the middle and looked at the list of words.
The story went something like this:
Needed to be about a wild animal loose in the house.
Additional items to be included:
So of course my initial plan was a zoo keeper steals a tiger from the zoo, is seen and ends up taking a pregnant woman hostage. Hey, it could work.
Except it doesn’t. Well, it works in a “this story will never be believable in any universe” way. It will be a bad story, even if I can manage to tie all of those elements together. This is my struggle, I don’t want to write a bad story and I have never really just followed the rabbit hole with a story. The choice is made, I am going to write that unbelievable and bad story. I am going to write it this weekend because enough is enough and it’s time to get that story completed. Who knows, with any luck I will learn something in the process.
Look for the post early next week.