Ideas come from postcards…
My favourite way of generating ideas is to get a random postcard, traditional or electronic (like the one below) and, in a 30 seconds, list everything in the image.
They can be anything from objects, weather, situations, to feelings and emotions.
For example here we can see…
Witch, cat, broom, wooden flooring, apple, cauldron, fire, smoke, devil, skeleton, hat, ribbon, red, blue, yellow, brickwork, fireplace, chimney, shawl, heels, scared, disappointed, logs, poker, forks, wood, cloth, wool, fur, black, green eyes, crooked nose, smashed pot.
Once I have the list, I either pick three things at random and fuse them together OR I write about what could be happening in the scene.
For example, here the cat is being shouted at by the witch after it knocked the potion (which is smashed on the floor) into the cauldron. The potion mixed together to create the little creatures that are floating around the room.
The creatures go on to escape the house. The witch then goes out to collect them before they cause havoc.
Similar storyline to Gremlins, but without the water being their vice. Instead, red apples cause the creatures to act mischievously.
You can then go further and turn any emotions or feelings that may be in the postcard on their head.
For example, the cat is the one that is in charge of this scene and has thrust the broom into the witch, ordering her to clean the mess in the room. She is looking down, disappointed in her actions.
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