Story Premise Challenge: Ready, Set, Go!

A couple days ago I posted a quote on Facebook that said, “Original ideas appear at the nexus of dissimilar concepts.” I didn’t get a lot of comments on it, but what I meant by it was that I sometimes come up with novel idea by sticking two very different things together. For example, I might put the picture of cogs below with the word “chocolate” and come up with the premise: “A chocolate factory in Switzerland is sabotaged by the Jelly Bean Army, sparking the first of the Candy Wars.” cogs

Okay, I just made that up on the spot. They’re not always very good, but it’s a good way of getting the creative juices flowing and thinking of things from a different angle.

So, now it’s your turn. Below there are three pictures with random words attached to them. The words were provided by my wife, who didn’t see the pictures and wasn’t sure why I was asking her to give me random words, as evidenced by the first one.

Your challenge is to give a one-sentence story premise based on one of the picture-word combinations (do as many as you want, of course). Multiple entries are encouraged. I’ll let this go for a week and then pick the best one and give them some sort of prize. I’ll let them pick from some choices and although it won’t be money, I’ll try to make the choices cool. So, here are the three pictures:

1.  “Mermaid/Jerk”Flash premises 1

2. “Car/Peacock”

Flash premises 2

3. “Kneeling Man in Woods/Violin”

Young Man Kneeling in Forest Clearing

Ready, set, go!

About David Stewart

I am a writer of anything quirky and weird. I love most genres of fiction and in each there are stories that I would consider "my kind of story". View all posts by David Stewart

14 responses to “Story Premise Challenge: Ready, Set, Go!

  • Michelle Proulx

    Mermaid/jerk: Kevin thinks he’s won the jackpot when the hot new girl at school asks him out — until he discovers she’s actually a mermaid with a taste for human flesh — HIS flesh.

    Car/peacock: Reginald Hammersworth, secret agent extraordinaire, is ready for his next big mission … until Z gives him his new ride: a cute little red car with a sassy AI named Mrs. Peacock.

    Kneeling man in woods/violin: All he ever wanted to do was play the violin … until an ill-fated trip into the woods crushes both his hands and his dreams.

  • Penelope

    Mermaid/Jerk: A young mermaid living near the waters of the Caribbean, smells the spicy scent of jerk chicken and vows that one day she will taste the deliciousness of it all…she was sick of eating kelp.

    Car/Peacock: Mr. Pea wanted to go cock-fighting, but didn’t have a way to get there, so he decides to steal a car which will ultimately lead to a police chase and all sorts of fun ensues.

    Kneeling man in the woods/violin: A young man decides to propose to his girlfriend in the woods and hires a violinist to play during his proposal, but while he was on his knees, his girlfriend runs off with the violinist instead.

  • The Bumble Files

    A great idea, David. I may come back with an idea. I agree it’s a great way to create, when you are not so tied to an idea.

  • fossil754

    That mermaid jerk stole my sea shells; who does she think she is!

    The ones with the biggest tail feathers always drive the smallest cars.

    Master, do I really need to treat the violin wood with dung?

  • nightlake

    Pls find my contribution below:

    Mermaid/Jerk: Mermaid sighted in disputed waters sparks territorial fight between warring neighbours

    Car/Peacock: Ill-informed animal lovers protest at the advertisement, ‘Peacock for Sale’

    Kneeling man in the woods/violin: Violinist takes refuge in woods after being barred from the International Violin Competition

  • Jilanne Hoffmann

    The mermaid thought the tuna fish looked scrumptious until she swallowed and felt the hook jerk, embedding itself into the roof of her mouth.

    Red convertibles and peacocks, both go screaming around corners to attract chicks.

    Please Mom, if you help me find my way out of this jungle, I promise I’ll practice the violin every day for the rest of my life.

  • jazzzokie

    Mermaid/jerk – Cataloguing the progressive disappearance of too many unique sea creatures, an oceanographer succumbs to despair – but a chance glimpse of what appears to be an actual mermaid jerks her into another reality and adventure that few will believe.

  • Sharmishtha

    I am catching up with posts right now, will try it later! loved the idea, and yes, I agree with you! they may give us one brilliant idea for sure and lot of funny/interesting ideas.

Let me know what you think. I appreciate all comments and criticisms.

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