Writing Prompt: Paradoxical Titles

285174This month’s writing prompt is inspired in no small part by Sean Platt & Johnny B Truant’s ‘Caveman Timecop’ and James Scott Bell’s(writing under K Bennett) Zombie Legal Thriller series. Those concepts are hilariously magnificent and, well, inspiring.

So, how to come up with a paradox though? Well, first pick your genre. If you haven’t got a favourite use the random number generator and score a genre from the list below:

  1. Haunted house/hotel horror
  2. Circus horror
  3. Steampunk
  4. Medieval fantasy
  5. Outer-space science fiction
  6. Time travel
  7. Near future science fiction
  8. Vampiric horror
  9. Historical romance
  10. Urban fantasy

Now you’ve got your genre, try to think of something that would be ludicrous or even downright idiotic to include in such a story – like a caveman as a time cop.

If you’re struggling, start with something just a little strange or funny, for example the lycanthrope your vampire must fight (and inevitably make out with) in the urban fantasy transforms into something really not cool, like a tea cup poodle (Yes, I’m obsessed with this idea. I want to read this story ;p ). Try and go one up from that. And then even a step further from that.

You could try to mind map out your ideas if you find mind maps helpful.

Even if you can’t get to something truly paradoxical, perhaps you’ll at least get inspired by just the slightly odd idea. Where ever you can, take the inspiration and revel in it.

When you’ve written it we’d love to hear about it – link or talk in the comments below so we can all enjoy.

About Kirstie Olley

Kirstie Olley was the President of Vision Writers Group during 2015-2018, has had ten short stories published since joining the group in 2012, has been a finalist in the Aurealis Awards and received multiple honourable mentions in the Writers Of The Future contest. She also blogs and has free fiction at her website http://www.storybookperfect.com/
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6 Responses to Writing Prompt: Paradoxical Titles

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  2. Allan says:

    Great idea Kirstie.

    • Thanks Allan, but I can’t take all that much credit. If I hadn’t heard of Caveman Timecop and the zombie legal thriller series while bingeing on writing podcasts I’d never have come up with this prompt.

  3. Chris kneipp says:

    Down the track I’m planning on writing a book could Anachronism about three bogan farm guys and their ute who get flung into a barbaric far flung future. With a tank of petrol, a few sticks of sweaty gelignite and the rifles and shotguns in the lockbox, can they hold back the barbaric hoard and find out how the $#@! they got there?

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