Proverbs make great stories and they’re especially good for setting the theme of a piece. once you have a theme, the setting, characters and even the plot can follow easily. There are hundreds to choose from and each has a story to tell.

Pick a proverb…..
Write down the message, this will be the theme of your story.
Think about the sort of person the proverb relates to. This will be your main character.
Allow the setting and plot to evolve.
Think about structure. Something needs to change by the end of the story. Your character will need a climax and a resolution. What lesson will they learn?

A few famous proverbs I can see turning into great stories……

Between the devil and the deep blue sea
Theme – choosing between 2 equally bad alternatives in a serious dilemma.

First come first served
Theme – the first inline will be attended to first.

Faint heart never won fair lady
Theme – to succeed you must have the courage to pursue what you want, or, for a romance, all girlies like a brave hero 😉

A rolling stone gathers no moss
Theme – a person who never settles in one place or who often changes his job will never succeed or someone who keeps changing their mind will never get anything done.

There’s no smoke without fire
Theme – rumours don’t spread unless there is an element of truth in them.

You can’t have your cake and eat it
Theme – you must choose between 2 things because it’s impossible to have both.

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink
Theme – You can help, support, or encourage someone to do something, but you can’t make them do what they’re unwilling to do.

…..and my absolute favourite (don’t ask me why, but probably coz of the imagery it conjures up).

A drowning man will clutch at a straw
Theme – a desperate person will do anything to save himself.


I bought these books a couple of days ago at Baggins my local fantastic second hand book shop. Sometimes, I just love where I live 🙂

One final note…..proverbs make great story titles 😉

Have you ever wrote a story based on a proverb?

Yesterday’s prompt about the piano wasn’t as easy as I first thought lol. I ended up with the start of a story about a woman at a hotel who stumbles across a man playing the piano in the bar early in the morning. I can see a romance developing lol. Tomorrows prompt is you’re taking off your clothes so I’m thinking I might try to come up with something a bit darker for that one!

As you can see, ive been having a fiddle…..I’m liking the new look, might stay with this for a while 🙂

Book Shopping

Oh dear… did I manage to end up with 9 new books during the last 2 days? Lol

Yes, unfortunately I am a book addict…..and is that a bad thing?lol

The ones I’m most looking forward to reading are 26 by Jonathan Kemp and 253 by Geoff Ryman Both are very character driven and that’s what fascinates me about these 2 particular books.

Plan for today (if I can resist starting on one of the above) is to finish the work I’ve been doing in my notebook about the complexity of characters and use another picture prompt.

Thanks to Geoff Ryman for the following concept…….

Could you imagine if you had the ability to look at another person and know all about their life? Imagine your day. Standing on the station platform you look at a man he seems agitated, it’s his wife’s birthday today and he hasn’t got her a present, if he goes home tonight without one she’ll hit him……or the woman reading the newspaper. She doesn’t want to go in today because her boss is a bully, always shouting at her, it’s making her depressed.

On the train a couple sit holding hands, they look sweet together. Both wearing wedding rings they’re not actually married to each other. When you get to work the woman in accounts scowls at you as you walk past, she hates you, thinks you’re a fascist. Someone in your department told her that, someone you thought was a friend.

At lunch time you go to a pub…..a group of men come in, off duty police officers, they’re very loud and aggressive, they intimidate the barmaid. One of them sexually assaults her in the toilets.

On the way home the woman sitting opposite to you is smiling. Shes pregnant. She agreed with her husband that they wouldn’t have kids but for the past few weeks she’s been taking a pin to the condoms.

Can you imagine living like that? Scary lol

But as writers, isn’t that what we do on a regular basis?

There’s a story behind every single person we see, every single day…..and I love it!!!!!