Writing prompts FROM SPAM EMAIL you say? Also known as “Prompts ala Spam.” Sometimes you get those emails that are just too good, there’s no way you could have written that…
Take this random dating email I received. It was very polite:
I was hooked by the first line–cool, maybe someone–oh. Well, that’s a bit forward. “And also maybe murder someone.” Replace maybe [date] with any scenario you can think of, and you, my friend, have a story!
“Get back to me and talk to me (you son of a bitch!) and maybe [go shark hunting].”
“Get back to me and talk to me (don’t text, you know I hate that!) and maybe [kidnap a foreign dignitary. Also, delete this email.]”
Or this one, just look at all the story detail just waiting to find itself into your next murder mystery:
From this email, we can get character information, job titles, bank names–complications such as “unknown persons coming for your money once again” or “your documents which have been retrieved from the deposed attorney.”
From this tasty spam message, we can defer that our character is handsome, and has taken someone prisoner! Are we writing from the antagonist’s point of view here? A life sentence of the heart, people, come on. You just can’t make this stuff up…
Spam email is rife with plot lines so terrible–they’re good.
I dare you–turn on that Antivirus software–and dive into a few tasty, terrible spam messages. You just might find your next terrible plot idea!