Wow, it’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing the Thursday Writing Prompts for 15 weeks now. They say that doing anything for three months makes it a habit, so about three weeks ago these blog posts became an official habit. I hope they’re a good habit, and that they’re helping you jump-start your writing.
So, what’s up for this week? I’ve done some recent vocabulary stuff, so I won’t dump a fresh load of words on you today. I’ll let you use this photo of the Paramount Building for inspiration. This Art Deco building was designed and built during the 1920s, and it was originally a theater. In the mid-1960s the theater closed and the building was converted to office space. According to New York Architecture, many famous actors and actresses appeared at the Paramount, including Mae West and Fred Astaire.
Now, I haven’t been a fan of Ghost Hunters for nothing. They’ve been to their fair share of theaters to search for ghosts and apparitions, and they haven’t always returned empty-handed. So it’s entirely possible — if you believe in that sort of thing — that ghosts might be attached to the Paramount Building. Well, actually, it doesn’t matter whether you believe in ghosts or not; after all, this is fiction that you’re writing, so you can invent whatever you want. Just remember to make sure that your creations behave according to the laws of the world that they inhabit. I’m not talking about running red lights or paying sales tax, either. If you have a creature with certain abilities, you shouldn’t arbitrarily turn off those abilities to make the story work. But you know that already, right?
So, here’s the assignment: I want you to pick one of the actors or actresses who appeared at the Paramount Theater and have their ghost come back for an encore. Of course, once the ghost gets there it finds that the theater is gone and office space has replaced it. No doubt filled with those cubes, too. What does the ghost do? Who does it haunt? It’s your story…