F3 Week 7: Ten Items or Less

Voodoo doll

Voodoo doll

This week, you are going to be a writer. Of course, you are already a writer, but this time, you are not just going to write a story. You are going to be a writer in your story. You have tried writing various genres and every one of your submissions has been rejected without comment; that is, except one. Oh, that one did get rejected, but the editor recommended that you try observing people more closely – get inside their heads, and that may help you to develop more believable characters. That sounds like good advice, and you decide to begin today while you’re shopping at the Discount Mart.

So far, everyone there has been numbingly ordinary. While you wait in the Express Checkout, you glance in the cart of the person in front of you. The checker doesn’t bat an eye since she’s focusing on the new bag boy at Register 7, but you? You find this person’s purchases very suspicious. Okay. You’ve observed closely. Now, you need to get inside their head, but how? You know how. Follow him/her wherever.

Prompt: Tell us what the items were that disturbed you, and what did your surveillance of their purchaser reveal?

Genre: Mystery

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, October 15, 2015

Post your story on your blog or website and provide a link to it in the comment section of this prompt.

About Evan Henry (257 Articles)
Evan Henry is a graduate student in English at the University of Virginia, where he works on the legacy of eugenics and scientific racism in American pop culture. As Head of Publishing for Black Ship Books he seeks to further social analysis of popular culture and develop new and unique voices in both creative and critical writing. His credits include Broken Frontier, the Virginia Literary Review, and numerous small publishers of fantasy and science fiction. His short story collection The Great City will be released this summer.
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2 Comments on F3 Week 7: Ten Items or Less

  1. Sharing Mike Young’s comment/link from F3: “Good tool for story generation”. This is a great site if you need a list of odds and ends for a story.

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