Its not always easy to find inspiration when you’re writing fiction, so one of the brilliant exercises that Writers’ Forum Magazine do is to give a Fiction Square to get the ball rolling.
They set out a table of five across and six down and each week fill it with characters, personality traits, conflicts, locations and objects to give your creativity a boost. You can either choose what you want, or take a risk and roll the dice. It’s more entertaining with a dice, but also more challenging, for example you could end up with a self obsessed astronaut with a gold tooth, living with memory loss at a goat farm. See what I mean?
I actually used their Fiction Square to enter one of their monthly flash fiction competitions. This time each square had an unusual paint colour in it, and you had to utilise five of these within your story. I bravely let my husband choose mine for me, and he obviously had the hump with me about something, as this is what he chose:
I mean, for God’s sake, who calls a bloody colour Clunch!?
Anyway, Im pleased to say that I managed to pull those words together, and put them fairly unobtrusively in my story entitled “Pink Lady”. Not only that, but a month later I was chuffed to find out that my story had been Highly Commended in the competition.
Just goes to show you can be inspired by literally anything!