Creative Prompt: Don’t Slip

When I was a kid I used to spend my weekend mornings watching the TV with my sister. On the UK terrestrial channels we used to get mornings of programming that included a range of different programmes and quiz shows, and these frequently included slapstick inspired cartoons like Tom and Jerry. We used to watch a lot of stuff, and much of it I cannot remember. But do remember moments from the cartoons, and it was not unusual for these cartoons to feature a banana skin and a crucial moment in the chase.

It’s been a long time now since I saw a chase scene in which a crucial moment depends on an unfortunate encounter with a banana skin. However I recently saw this actual banana skin on the road and felt compelled to take a photograph of it. I was very attracted to the bright warm yellow on the grey of the pavement.

Many good stories start with someone making a mistake, or slipping on a banana skin of a problem intentionally placed there for them by someone else. Perhaps this particular banana skin will be luckier for you?

I’m not a huge fan of creative exercises, so it’s not my habit to tell people what to do with these prompts. There are lots of options – a scene, some flash fiction, a short story, an idea for a short film or a physical piece of art. If you do have a go with this one and would like to drop the result in the comments please do so. I would be very interested to see what people make of these.

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6 thoughts on “Creative Prompt: Don’t Slip

  1. Reblogged this on Redwood Press and commented:
    lot. Besides being packed with valuable nutrients, they are a staple of the classic comedy I grew up with. Can you think of an opening of a story involving slipping on a banana peel or bananas in general, humorous or no. 🙂

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  2. Pingback: A year and more in creative prompts: all the links | The Magpie at Midnight

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