One of the things that makes us writers is that we’re first readers. There is something about the written word that makes us want to tell a story of our own. It might start with science fiction or history, biographies or western adventures. I’ve heard people say that they like reading all sorts of things, but generally, we tend to gravitate to one genre or another. Personally, although I like science fiction and fantasy books, I seem to go most often for contemporary fiction.
Try this, list your top ten favourite books and have a look about what they have in common. It is theme, character type, scene, location?
Once you’ve listed the common elements, create a short piece that incorporates them all.
Writing Prompt: What makes a story?