POST CARDS FROM THE MUSE
Echoes of the Day
“I saw her again today.” You hear this uttered between friends. You’re not part of the conversation, but the phrase works its way into your ears as if it was aimed there. The rest of the day you walk around repeating it over and over. You have no idea who “she” is or when the last time “she” was seen. But the words echo through your imagination until you develop some sort of picture and story.
Sometimes just a simple phrase will catch your attention and stay bouncing around your brain. You listen to it whisper inside your head over and over and marvel at the sounds and meanings of the words. You consider all the different things it could have meant. Eventually you realize that there are as many stories as there are meanings of the phrase.
As writers, our job is to find the story that best fits the meaning of the day’s magic phrase. When such a story is discovered, use the provocative phrase as your starting sentence and watch the rest of the story appear on your page.
Congratulations! You have just received a post card from the muse.