Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day

by Nikki McBride Spencer

Today is Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day.

What glutton for punishment thought this up? Is this supposed to be fun? Hmmm, the boring, staid adult in me can't think of anything more annoying then being splashed...but...the mischievous childlike imp in me can't think of anything more fun then to splash someone!

If you live in a cold weather place (assuming your puddles aren't frozen) your puddles may be ice cold slushies mixed with road grime. Imagine that running down the back of your collar! 

If you live in a warmer climate (unless it happens to be the monsoon season) you most likely will not have puddles. You will probably have friends, though, unless you decide to splash them with dirty gutter-water. Then you most likely will not have friends, either. This does not apply if you are a 10-year-old boy.

If, like me, you are averse to being the splashee you might think this is a useless celebration (unless you want to be the splasher). However, all is not lost. You could use this day to imagine a scene in your latest WIP. Imagine:

Is your character standing on a street corner getting thoroughly soaked by a double decker bus full of screaming, elderly ladies driven by his madcap friend who stole the bus and thought it would be great fun to splash your character while fleeing from the law? 

Is your character running through a field of corn, trying to escape the mutant creature throwing glass bombs at her that narrowly miss her and "splash" on the ground, exploding with glass shards cutting her legs?

Is your character walking alone on a lonely road, shoulders hunched, hands shoved deep into pockets of his gray overcoat, splashing barefoot through mud puddles and not caring because he just received a letter from the army informing him his son was killed? 

What about another world where the main element is fire instead of water? Imagine splashing through fire puddles that burn instead of moisten.

It's the little things that count in your writing. Happy Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day! Now go forth and write!

8 comments:

  1. Fire puddles definitely sound interesting!

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  2. Since my current WIP is set in England, you'd think I'd have some puddles. Alas, at present, it's the middle of June in my story. But I'll definitely have to add showers to the mix as we move into fall.

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  3. Thanks, Nikki. This post really got my imagination going.

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  4. Oooooooooooo puddles of fire. Muahahahaha...I like your thinking. :) Awesome perspective Nikki! Thanks so much for the imagery (and the cute picture). :)

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  5. What great creative energy. Ill probably dream about puddles tonight!

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  6. Great post! I love the scenes you created and the ideas you shared. Awesome. hugs~

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  7. Enjoyed your post. You made lots of quick vivid scenes.

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