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. One each would make this fun. Dive in!
Clemson (“Slow Eye”) Bathingas had no time for poor service in his line of work. When he sat down in a restaurant, he expected the waiter to appear at his right arm within thirty seconds. That was their job. His line of work was more in a freelance vein. Restaurant les Chateau had become Clemson’s latest spot for a relaxing evening and a good meal. They fawned on him there, knowing how well he tipped when the food matched the service. Tonight he sat in his favorite booth near the rear, facing the door, patting his mouth with a damask napkin after the perfect crème brulee. He’d just begun a pleasant debate with himself over coffee versus cognac, when Darnella Shonwunder appeared in the doorway, looking panicked.