The other day my husband and I were trying to park in front of our house. We live in Toronto and pay for street parking which is often difficult to get and requires a lot of parallel parking.
We parked in front of a house about five doors down from our apartment. The man who owns the house is an older man who is unwell. He’s also known in the neighbourhood for being difficult. He often gets into disputes with his next-door neighbour and doesn’t like anyone on or near his property.
When we got out of the car, the man started yelling at us that our car was too close to his property. He said his son was coming to visit, and we were blocking the driveway.
His next-door neighbour and her daughter were watching the whole thing. They took our side and told us to leave the car where it was.
We were not blocking driveway. Not even close.
The man started yelling and carrying on, so I went up to him, introduced myself, and told him that we lived a few houses down, and if his son could not get into the driveway, he could knock on our door and we would move the car.
This seemed to calm him down and he agreed.
We went inside.
Right now this is an anecdote that got resolved with little conflict.
However as a scenario, it has the potential to move from anecdote to story. But we have to raise the stakes and opposition and escalate the conflict.
Using this anecdote as a blueprint, write your own short scene or story in which you have a witness, a property owner, and a trespasser.
One character wants another character to get off their property. The story will resolve when your main character (which could be any one of the three) either gets or doesn’t get what they want.
Share a link to your story or poem on the So, What's Your Story? Facebook and Twitter pages!
Writing tips, prompts, and resources.