Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Well, Look Who Just Showed Up

Is your writing a little lackluster? In a pinch, could it be used as an Ambien substitute?
Well, here’s a bit of advice from Raymond Chandler, American novelist and screenwriter –

When things get dull, bring in a guy with a gun.

Obviously, good old Mr. Chandler wrote A LOT of detective fiction. And if you write detective fiction, well then, there’s your tip for the day. Take it and run!
However, if you happen to write for children, the firearm is probably not a good idea. But, hey, you can still use the tip by adding a little unexpected cayenne to the milk toast.
So, if your story is not a fan of the NRA, you might want to try one of the following instead:
A ninja nun
A crop circle
A robot pirate
A punk unicorn
An accordion (always shocking, to be sure)
Alien treasure
A Greek god or two
A kazoo band
A miniature dragon
An off-key singing telegram
Hippy zombies (peace, love, and brains, Man!)
A hot air balloon
A crazy aunt or ant
A silver egg
A time traveler
Caffeinated lemurs
The Grim Reaper (always good for a laugh)
Mutant avocados
Piranha confetti
An underwear drawer
White horse – no knight
A black hole
Bagpipe rappers
An ex-con circus

PROMPT: You know what to do.


  1. Did this list come straight off the top of your head, Barb? I don't think I can use any of them, but you made me smile. ^_^

    1. I have a very strange head, Angi. You should know that by now. ;-) But if it made you smile, I am a happy woman.