By: Joelle Charbonneau
Today at DSD, I require audience participation. So keep reading to the end and play the game with me. You might win something cool.
Writers have different processes. Some listen to music. (Not me!) Some require absolute quiet. Others have to write in a specific place. Everyone does things at different speeds or in different ways. The one constant for writers is the moment in which we say, “Why would someone do that?” “What if that happened when…” What if the dunk tank was a murder weapon? What if someone drown in a toilet? What would happen if the penalty for failing a test was death?
You never know what is going to spark that brainstorming moment. It could be dinner conversation, a moment on Sesame Street (can you tell I can a small person in my house?) or an article from the newspaper.
Today, I read an interesting article. It seems that thieves have taken to breaking into cars in order to steal the backseats from them. Really! Here’s the article. Apparently, skilled thieves can break into a car, steal the backseat and be ready to hightail it out of there in under a minute. Impressive, right?
My question is – why? Why would someone steal the backseat of a car? Sure, they can take it to a chop shop and sell it, but then I am forced to ask – what does the person buying these seats do with them?
This is where you come in. I challenge you to brainstorm with me. Write one line of motivation, the blurb for a story or even a scene and post it here by Nov. 1st. Silly ideas, series ideas and everything in between are welcome. The winner will get a cool prize. It might be a book or two, or three. It could be an ARC. You have to play to learn what you’ll win!