Ideas for short anecdotes
April 15, 2014 1:06 PM Subscribe
Lately I've been looking into pursuing my love for comics by writing one-page stories. Catch is, I'm experimenting with layering the stories and de-linearizing them, but I need simple story ideas for the most basic layer of the piece. My best bet would be working with something similar to a parable or anecdote which I can later complicate, but where can I find helpful ideas / inspiration?
posted by omar.a to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
During my brainstorming process, my most basic idea was the story of a person walking through the streets of a metropolitan city (Toronto). This would serve as the basic skeleton which would allow me to put other layers of story happening concurrently with the walking. I'm rambling here, but I'm thinking that since it is a one-page comic story, it would be more interesting to transform the walking story into something parable-like / anecdote-like. I am not looking for anything too preachy or wise, rather something entertaining and (preferably) funny, or perhaps something that can explore surreal dream states that start with a regular guy walking down the street and end with something unexpected. I think that Toronto has a lot of potential story-wise. I was looking at something similar to Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies for inspiration, as well as the work of French artist Moebius, but I would appreciate additional resources / inspiration.