In 2001 Jason Rekulak wrote a small, thick, book full of ideas.
786 of them, to be exact, guarandamnteed to "jump-start your imagination."
It was called The Writer's Block.
In 2005 Lou Harry wrote a follow-up with 500 more ideas.
It was called Creative Block.
Both bestsellers are among my collection of writing idea books, and I've finally started to explore them both. ;-D
Do you remember your first brush with danger?
How old were you?
How much of the event do you recall?
Describe what you remember.
Early Summer, 1968....
Vietnam, Kennedy, King, Chicago, and Claremont, Ca.
An 8 yr. old boy and his bicycle out for a ride...
A neighborhood bully turns a jump rope into a lasso and snags the back wheel of the boys bike...
The boy falls and bangs his head on the hard, hot, concrete...
And a police car turns the corner, at that exact moment, and thus an officer of the law snatches the boy in his arms, puts him in the back seat and roars off to Pomona Valley Hospital...
I remember little Andy French, to this day, as being so horrified by his actions that he later apologized and we briefly became friends until I moved away before the summer was over.
I remember, vaguely, being in a room at the hospital, under some device that scanned my head to see if my intelligence had raised or dropped a notch or 2 due to my collision with the pavement, or something to that effect.
My parents were scared to death, but I lived...and even was smart enough to later go to college. :-D