You know one thing I like about being up early on Mondays? I can get so much shit done. Seriously, I’m more than halfway through today’s to-do list and it’s only ten past ten. And that includes a 45-minute run during which I frightened small children on their way to school.* Yes, it’s going to be a good day.
And you know what will make it even better? (Sports announcer voice) The……MOOOOOOONDAY CHALLENGE!**
Today, I want you to turn your headbones to a scene for me. It should be easy; you’re in it.
It’s a Monday morning. You wake up early, and go out in your slippers and bathrobe to check the mail. Or to see if your neighbour is doing chores shirtless again. It’s kind of their thing. Anyway, when you open the door, there’s a box on your doorstep. You haven’t been expecting any packages, though. Upon picking it up, you notice it has a return address, but the ink is so badly smudged you can’t read it. But it’s clearly your name on the box. Funny, though: it includes that nickname you haven’t heard in a dog’s age. Your curiosity is piqued. You open the box.
Fade to black.
Ten minutes later, Shirtless Neighbour is explaining to the police that have arrived that she/he has no idea what caused that strange, disturbing noise. But when he/she checked on the direction it came from, all that was found was a pair of slippers and a bathrobe lying abandoned outside your door. They have no explanation for the green feather duster stuffed in the mailbox, or for the broken window. When the police check the area, they find a box on the roof, addressed to you.
So: what happened in that ten minutes?
Connect the dots time, word herders. You’ve got an A and Z; you can make up all the others. Consider it training for writing an outline when you’ve got to fill in the spaces between your opening and your conclusion. Ask yourself: what needs to happen now for this to happen later? Can you fill in the blanks?
And now I’m going to go back to kicking Monday’s ass.
*Because a childhood without meaningless terror is a childhood wasted.
**I may have overdone the coffee.
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