This 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:
- Haunted house/hotel horror
- Circus horror
- Medieval fantasy
- Outer-space science fiction
- Time travel
- Near future science fiction
- Vampiric horror
- Historical romance
- 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.