I don’t see why not. Just about anyone can learn just about anything if they put their mind to it, and any writer can improve their storytelling if they’re open to it and aware of it. Shakespeare wasn’t always Shakespeare and there was most likely an English teacher who thought the Young Will was a literary bonehead. There might even be one or two people out there who feel that way about me, although I find that very hard to imagine. I crack myself up.
So, I’m going to set myself a challenge, and I’m going to set one for you, too. My challenge is to write a short modern romance. I’m going to do my best not to drop any of my usual dubious witticisms *ahem* into it, and I’m going to refrain from ‘boy porks girl’ additions.
If you’ve got nothing better to do while you’re waiting, here’s your challenge.
Write a short story using one of the following opening lines.
“You’re telling me he picked his nose until his head caved in? I’m having more than a little trouble believing that.”
“You’re a really happening guy. I just wish you’d happen somewhere else.”
“That’s not a third nipple; it’s a boil.”
“Morgl was a drelb, a friendly drelb, which is really saying something.”
“The villagers had driven a stake through my heart, so the evening wasn’t off to a good start.”
I’ll be back later to check on my work.