May 8, 2007

Writing Exercise: Interesting things to happen in an elderly care home

For my book in-progress.

1.A kitchen worker chops off an old person's finger (or vice-versa).
2.An elderly woman stands up in the middle of an activity session and sings Aretha.
3.Two elderly people get caught having sex in an examination room.
4.Rules are heaped upon rules and the elderly stage a revolt.
5.The garden club ladies plant, grow and harvest the largest red tomato in the state.
6.A man gets locked in a closet, by whom no one is certain--the caregivers blame it on him.
7.An elderly man gets caught growing a marijuana garden for cancer patients in the home.
8.The elderly take a computer class.
9.The residents of the home find their personal files.
10.The main characters sneak out, get drunk and then try to sneak back into the home.

Yeah. I kind of like some of these ideas...

Posted by Amanda Cochran at May 8, 2007 10:50 PM | TrackBack

I don't think #4 or #10 would be enough to build a whole plot around, but might still be an interesting side plot for a character-based story. #7 sounds like a promising "ripped from the headlines" story, and #8 and #9 could be related.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at May 9, 2007 11:33 AM

I have the premise of my book, and I agree about 4 and 10. I am in the middle of my book's action and I need to get my characters to hate their surroundings a bit more, but build comradery. I thought some of these small sitcom-like events could help establish that. Thanks for your input, Dr. Jerz.

Posted by: Amanda at May 9, 2007 11:37 AM

Nothing brings people together like having them face a common foe.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at May 9, 2007 5:07 PM
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