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Monday, September 17, 2012

Writing Prod - What's In A Name

            Good morning, Blogverse.
            This is the twenty-fourth writing prompt in the series. I have one more after this and then will start all over again from the beginning. That is, unless one of my readers comes up with a prod I hadn’t thought of already. Come on – you guys can do that. You’re a creative bunch.
            I call this one . . . What’s In A Name. (Okay, it needs a better name.) Meander over to your book collection and find the shelf where you keep your favorites. Now, pick a title and write a story based on it. There are some great titles out there that should start the ideas jumping out of your head. Then once you have a story go ahead and come up with a new name that better reflects what you have created.
            For my example I took the title of my favorite book growing up: Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny. I love post-apocalyptic stories and this one had it all.

            Alley of Lost Souls

            Maimed, destitute, and homeless Larry hobbles from town to town in search of a new start. When he walks past the mouth of an ordinary alley all of that changes. An old woman, sitting on a trashcan and smoking a pipe calls out to him. Thinking he has found someone in even a worse position than himself he is surprised when she offers to alter the fates and give him a new life – and all it will cost him is his soul.
            Six months later his hip has miraculously mended and spends his time amid a whirlwind of fast cars and faster women. Then he attends a party with the latest upward-trenders and discovers that all of them have met the old woman in the alley and none of them are any happier for the change. But unfortunately for Larry, there are no refunds on this kind of deal.



  1. Let me try The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

    Winter's Bane

    When young Lucy accidentally discovers the magical world of Narnia, and brings her brothers and sister there to prove she's not a wee daydreamer, they discover a world ever-stuck in winter.

    Little do they know that their presence has been prophesied, that they would be the bane to end winter's hold, but first, they must believe.

    1. Angela, isn't that the actual story line for The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe?

  2. Randy you are always so good at these! I have a hard time coming up with new ideas for titles I already know because I'm predisposed toward the story I already know they tell... if that makes sense :) I think I'd have better luck choosing a random title that sounds good but I know nothing about the story - then I'd be free to make up what I thought it could be about!

    1. That's a good idea. Next time around I'll suggest everyone use a title of a book they are unfamiliar with. Thanks.