Every writer has heard of them. Some of us have begged for them. We’ve even groaned and considered running away when we’ve seen them. I’m talking about story prompts. They can take many forms, everything from a short scene description to character description to a line from the news and more. They can help get you get past the “OMG, I can’t think of anything to write” phase. But they can also be a danger by jumping you with a plot you really don’t have time for. That’s what happened to me this morning–thank you, Passive Guy. So, instead of playing with the quote he posted (and which I will come back to after I finish the next umpteen things on my to-be-written list) I give it to you. What would you do with this prompt:
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard Shaw
The story is now yours. Post your opening paragraph(s) in the comments below.