Writing Ideas # 2: Junk Mail

This is the second posting in a series of 5 related topics. If you missed the first one, you can find it HERE.

I subscribe to the Writer’s Digest newsletter and get emails from time to time about writing ideas. I got such an email with ‘5 Ways to Come Up With Great Story Ideas’. So, I have decided to post each of the prompts and my response.

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Number 2

So, here goes the second one:

The Prompt:

Take the next two pieces of spam mail you receive (either snail mail or e-mail) and use it to determine the profession on your protagonist and your protagonist’s love interest. I get this type of mail all of the time, particularly from politicians, credit card companies and auto dealerships-and that’s just what’s delivered by the United States Postal Service! When I add in the junk sent to my e-mail inbox, I get “foreign ambassadors from Nigeria” looking for million dollar loans and women begging me to click through to get “erotic” pictures of them. Any one of these jobs will lead to many fun and unusual situations-and will give you plenty of fodder to write about.

My Response:

I decided to look at the first piece of junk snail mail I put my hand on and the first piece of junk email in my spam box. So I got an offer for personal insurance and an email about purchasing a new software product.

So I decided that my male character would be an Insurance salesman and the female character would be a software programmer. My female character goes in to purchase renter’s insurance from the male character. Let’s call them Joy and Ben. Joy is flustered when she goes into the office because she can’t really afford renter’s insurance. Sure, she’s a programmer, but she’s new so she doesn’t make a lot of money yet. Ben is taken by her but also threatened by her intelligence. Sounds like the making of a good romance, huh?

So what do you think? Try the prompt yourself and see what you can come up with! Share your link in the comment section below so I can read yours too. 🙂

Happy Writing!

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One thought on “Writing Ideas # 2: Junk Mail

  1. Pingback: Writing Ideas # 3: Old Friend « Eileen Maki's Blog

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