Every Thursday I post something I’ve observed. I don’t know when or where I’ll use it but that doesn’t matter. What matters is the consistent habit of making an observation and writing it down. When you start to do that, everything becomes an idea for the future.
What’s your observation?
The line that says it all
Observation: A lady putters slowly by on a mobility scooter. She is talking on a phone. As she goes by, this is what I overhear. “So that’s how I was banned for life from Shooters.”
What can you do with it: Didn’t your head explode a little bit at that whole image? Woman on a scooter. At the tale end of a story. About some place called Shooters. Where she did something that caused her to be “banned for life.”
- Who is this woman? She’s older, she doesn’t look like the type who would get banned for life from anything. What’s her life? What’s her background? Why is she in a scooter?
- Who is she talking to? Is she a relative or a friend? Is this person surprised that Scooter Lady has been banned for life from somewhere? Or is this the kind of thing that happens all the time?
- What’s the story? What is Shooters? Is it a pool hall or something else? Is it a Basketball bar? (Who knows, could be) How did Scooter Lady end up there? What did she do to get banned for life? How does one get banned for life?
- Is she telling the truth? Is Scooter Lady the type who lies or tells the truth? Did she really do something bad or is she just telling tales because she wants to make her life more exciting?
And after you have all that…. Write a monologue for the listener. What does she say after hearing Scooter Lady’s story?