You wake up one morning, open your eyes, and . . . whaaaaaat? You’re not in your bed. You're not in your room. You’re not at home at all. You’re not even round a friend’s house. You are lying on the roof of a fifty-storey skyscraper in New York. How did you get there? How will you get back?
This could be a mystery story, or an adventure story. It doesn’t have to be you; it could be any character of your choosing. Do they remember how they got there, or do they have no idea?
Nor does it have to be a building in New York. Any bizarre, random location would do, the weirder the better! Think creatively. Here are some suggestions to start you off. Feel free to use them, or think up your own:
So, I might decide to write a story in which a child, Catherine wakes one day to find herself on a plane to Saudi Arabia.
Normally she lives in Cornwall, England, and has never been abroad before. So how did this come about? An air hostess greets her and congratulates her once again. She offers Catherine a celebration drink. Catherine’s sleepy memory starts piecing together details. The magazine crossword competition. The prize of a holiday. Her mum, a doctor, at the airport flight desk, turning to help someone who’d collapsed. Her mum just missing the final boarding.
Result: Catherine stranded on a plane by herself, with only her pocket money and teddy bear. How will she cope alone for a week, in a foreign country where she cannot speak the language? Perhaps she tries to get by using gestures, and fails. Perhaps she earns money for food by performing dances in the street . . . or perhaps she ends up having to sell her beloved teddy.
Enjoy figuring out the story behind your character’s rude awakening!