The best thing to do when you first start out writing is to write.
Ha! If only. As Ernest Hemmingway said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
I don’t want you to bleed. Really, no I don’t. I hate blood (insert puking emoji here).
Anyway, because sometimes finding inspiration is hard in the beginning I’m giving you a short prompt that you can finish. Grab a pen, a notebook, or your laptop and try to finish this story:
My grandfather was a pilot in the war and he was trained in emergency landings. Apparently, in times of trouble, “you should pick a nice spot to land, but don’t get too picky, you probably won’t have the luxury of time.”
He always said to me as I was growing up that this had proved most useful advice, and that he had applied this logic to most things in his life; his job once he was de-mobbed, his house and, unfortunately, for Gran, his choice of wife. That’s not to say he didn’t love her. In fact, he came to worship the ground she walked on and even had her name, Flo, tattooed on his right buttock (don’t ask, that was one story he wouldn’t confide in me) but, as he used to tell me as we sat in the garden as he was preparing the blood mix for his prize roses, sometimes, you’ve just got to make a decision and not think about things. Apparently, it had served him well over the years.
Not that it was the same for Gran. Let’s not think she’s a victim here. She told me, and, often him to his face that, “she couldn’t bloody stand the man.”
It occurred to me the other day….
Must just give a shout out to my writing mentor, David Calcutt. This was inspired by a writing workshop I attended where we had to find a book and use a quote from it to inspire us.
The quote was, “Pick a nice spot to land, but don’t get too picky, you probably won’t have the luxury of time.” Taken from The Indiana Jones Handbook – The Complete Adventurer’s Guide (by Kiernan, D., and D’Agnese, J., Quirk Books, 2008).