Observation is my number one method of finding play ideas. If you’re ever at a loss for coming up with something to write about, start logging observations. I write down observations on a daily basis and on Thursdays, I’m going to share one with you what I’ve seen and then you could do with it.
WHAT WERE THEY SELLING?
When: Tuesday July 15, lunch time.
Observation: Three boys, in the street, yelling out side the post office. They’re selling something – I don’t know what. Whatever it is, is $4. And they’re trying to figure out if the guy they just got money from, gave them $4. (The Loonie is a dollar coin in Canada and the Twonie is a two dollar coin)
“He gave me two loonies”
“Then he didn’t – !”
“No – Two Loonies and a Twonie. Two and two! We’re good, we’re good!”
Whatever it was they were selling, one of the ladies from the post office then came out and told them to clear out. The boys were apologetic and polite.
What you can do with it: Doesn’t this one write itself? What were they selling? Why were they so bad at math? And why would the post office lady shoo them off? Write the conversation between the three boys before they get to the post office to set up their wares, the conversation with whoever it was who gave them $4 and the conversation between the ladies in the post office as they watch the boys and decide to shoo them off. Have the boys been there before?
Of course that’s the realistic approach. Think about the fantastical approach. What fantastical thing could these boys have? What if the ladies in the post office were not just clearing the street but maybe were jealous of the boys? How does that change things?