Central London. A special occasion. Something happens here… you decide what. First choose your year, perhaps a date from history. Now make the story your own by putting you character there. Close your eyes, imagine the time, listen to the noise, the voices, the traffic, the shouts, the whispered conversations.
This is a writing prompt from the Writers’ BLOCKbusters series.
This photograph shows The Mall in London during the summer of 2012, the London Olympics. But the scene lends itself well to other landmark days in history. Using a true event as the background to a fictional story works well. Choose your true event according to your narrative and what you want to happen. If you are starting a new story, try one of these ideas as a starting point and see where it leads you:-
VE Day, London – May 7, 1945 – Bring together one character mourning a loved one, and another who is celebrating the beginning of freedom from war;
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – June 2, 1953 – watched by a schoolchild standing at the kerb;
A man who works on the building of The Mall in 1660 when King Charles II ordered a redesign of St James Park to include a straight canal lined by trees;
A contestant in the London Marathon who thinks he will never make it to the finish line in The Mall;
An 18th century woman who parades with her sister, arm in arm, along the tree-lined shade of The Mall, in the hope of meeting a particular person;
A day in the life of the man in the 1950s who decided to make the road surface of The Mall red, tinted with iron oxide pigment, to make it look like a red carpet leading to Buckingham Palace.
© ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’ by Sandra Danby
What are ‘Writers’ BLOCKbusters’?
I want to help you put words on the page. Those words won’t necessarily be the first line of your novel, or indeed anything to do with your novel, but they will be words to fill that intimidating blank space. And it couldn’t be quicker. Writers’ BLOCKbusters is a collection of three ebooks of writing prompts. Why are they different? Precisely because they are short, easy to use, and flexible. Designed for writers of fiction, any genre, novels, short stories, flash fiction, they are suitable for all genre of fiction precisely because each exercise is based on a subject unrelated to whatever you are struggling with. I am not looking over your shoulder.
Ebooks coming soon at Amazon…
Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 FirstParas
Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 FlashPics
Writers’ BLOCKbusters: #500 WordStorms
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