Some ideas for short stories

At the Friday morning writing group I attend, the lead suggested we outline five different plots for some short stories. These are mine. The question is, which if any, should I work on.

1. A group of like-minded friends get together for a party to celebrate Obama’s re-election. Some hours and several bottles later, they find there are some issues on which they definitely don’t agree. Chaos follows.

2. Mrs & Mrs Respectable living in a wealthy gated community discover their golden-haired teenage daughter is using drugs. Can the family survive?

3. In a near deserted carriage an older person admonishes two young men for smoking on a late-night (no-smoking) tube train. They immediately light up again and some challenging statements are exchanged.

4. A trendy city dweller is passing through a small working class town and stops off at the only local eatery – a greasy spoon joint – for some refreshment. When his food arrives he sends it back with the waitress saying it looks inedible. The cook comes out of the kitchen for a chat. (See To Laugh written in December)

5. At a suburban dinner party the talk gets around to the spate of missing cats. The hostess looks enigmatic as she serves the main course. “Chicken casserole. Bon appetite”.

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2 Responses to Some ideas for short stories

  1. Thanks for that. And I think 1 and 5 are a bit Pinterish. Not sure if that’s good or bad.

  2. I think these are all great ideas, though I particularly like 1 and 4. The first really feels like some kind of situational play, a bit like ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’.

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