A while back we worked on surprising each other with where we took a story. I’d like to try that again. One of the things I like the most when reading (and find the least) is when the writer surprises me. Most genre novels are fairly predictable. In fact, I’m guessing most of you, like me, often play the game when watching movies of guessing how the story will end. Someone wrote it, so of course, I always wonder if I could have found a better plot and ending.
So let’s get some practice surprising each other. I’m going to write an opening paragraph to a story. Your challenge is to write the next paragraph (and the next, and so on) but to take the early suggestion of plot in a direction we least expect. Dive in!
Young Zygote Fandango hid behind the last book shelf on the top floor of the university library, waiting for the final closing bell to stop ringing and the lights to go out. The one expected security guard came and went. Now Zygote could get to work.