Here is my last opening scene prompt to wrap up January’s theme of beginnings. The instructions for it are the same as last week’s prompt. Write down your first impressions of this photo for characters, setting, and plot. Then use those impressions to write an opening scene for a story.
- Workers on their way home
- People bundled against the cold
- Everyone looks alike
- The world is gray
- A worker is depressed.
- A worker is frustrated with the every day dullness of routine.
- A worker wants to break free.
Here’s my opening:
If I don’t make a change soon …
I stopped in the middle of the sidewalk, my left boot sliding on a patch of ice hidden under the charcoal-streaked snow.
People, workers leaving their jobs like me, bundled to their eyes against the freezing weather, trudged past, heads bent. Were they watching for slick spots or could think of no reason to lift their gaze?
Fat flakes drifted from a putty-colored sky. Even if enough snow fell to cover all the dirt, it wouldn’t change the fact that underneath, the snow was stained, spoiled.
I turned my face to the sky, the flakes brushing against my skin on their way to oblivion. That’s where I felt I was heading.