Writing Prompt – Ugly Foot Finds Its Doppleganger

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
~ Albert Einstein

Inspiration! It can happen anywhere!

Ideas are born in the strangest places, ignited by bizarre objects or strange people. Or a random photo from my daughter’s honeymoon pics.

Here’s the scoop: Lily was excited to get a window seat on the plane for their honeymoon trip. Then the passenger behind her rested his/her ugly, bandaged foot on Lily’s armrest. She couldn’t stomach the sight of it. Her hubby gave in and traded seats. (After all, a happy wife is a happy life, right?)

BBH McChiller, Lynn Kelley, Kathryn Sant
Almost anything can be used as a writing prompt. Even a photo of an ugly foot!

If you were in an English class and were given an impromptu assignment to write a story based on the photo on the left, what would you write?

Nonfiction? How to politely elbow that foot off your armrest? The importance of cleansing wounds? *yawn*

Sci-fi/Paranormal? Ugly Foot Finds Its Doppelganger in an Alternate Dimension?

Horror? Remember the movie The Crawling Hand? It scared the heck out of me when I was a kid! How about writing a sequel called The Prowling Foot?

Humor? Is there anything that could possibly be funny about that foot?



Hmm…what would Erma Bombeck have written?Erma Bombeck could write about anything and make it humorous.







Romance? Good grief! I’m not going there.

Mystery? One with lots of subplots and dead bodies with missing toes? That might be horror, too. *Shudders* Definitely not a story I could write!

“Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it,
and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
~ Sylvia Plath

You know what that photo of an injured foot inspired me to write? A crazy blog post!

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Could you stomach sitting next to that ugly foot?
Do you find ideas in weird places? What inspires you to be creative?

Lynn Kelley Author, Curse of the Double Digits, BBH McChiller, Monster Moon mysteries

Lynn Kelley worked as a court reporter for 25 years while she and her husband, George, raised their four little rascals, but nowadays she’s a goofball in the highest degree who’s susceptible to laughing jags. She tries to control herself out in public, but it’s not easy. She’ll jump at any excuse to wear funky get-ups. For instance, making wacky YouTube videos, entertaining her grandkids, or hanging out at a costume party.

Her first chapter book, Curse of the Double Digits, debuted in October 2012. Under the pseudonym BBH McChiller she and co-author Kathryn Sant write the fun, spooky Monster Moon mystery series for ages 8 to 12. Curse at Zala Manor is the first book in the series, and Secret of Haunted Bog is the second title. Book 3, Legend of Monster Island, will be out shortly.

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17 thoughts on “Writing Prompt – Ugly Foot Finds Its Doppleganger

  1. OMG! I so miss Erma Bombeck! Couldn’t imagine what she’d write about, only that it would make me bust a gut! Your poor daughter! I’m thinking I’d go with YA lit with a twist of paranormal. Even the short story, The Monkey’s Paw comes to mind! LOL! Great post, Lynn! Love your warped sense of humor! Salute!

  2. YA with a twist of paranormal sounds good! I haven’t read The Monkey’s Paw. Now you’ve got me curious! I definitely have a warped sense of humor! I think kids could come up with some wild stories about that foot!

    I miss Erma Bombeck, too! Thanks for commenting and sharing, Sharon.

  3. That foot is disgusting. I am rethinking my trip to TX now….what am I in for? This person was on drugs.

    1. Hi Pambelina! Don’t let an ugly foot stop you from taking a trip. Just pack some disinfectant in your purse, make friends with the stewardess so she’ll deal with the rude passenger, or borrow Felix the Cat’s bag of tricks. I’m sure there are lots of goodies in there that will take care of the foot and its doppleganger! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  4. Fun! I think I have one or two dopplegangers. (Apparently, I go to two schools, and I also appeared on a cover of a clothing magazine a couple of years ago) Or, maybe, since I was adopted, I have an identical twin (or identical triplets)! THAT’S horror! 😉
    great post! 🙂

    1. Erik – Isn’t that something that you have two dopplegangers? Or more? Wild! Bite yer tongue for saying that’s horror! We need more kids like you in this world! No kidding!

  5. That foot is so ugly!!! What are you going to write about it? Was it found with out the body? Did you find it in your trash? Can’t wait to read your story! Love to read your stories.

    1. Hi Mally! Thanks for your comment. Actually, I’d probably go with something like The Crawling Hand but add humor and call it The Limping Foot or Tippy-Toeing Through Nightmares on Oak Street. And throw in a few splinters and rusty nails and have it steal some bandages at the local drugstore. And a few stray dogs come along, but the foot belonged to a black belt in karate, so it sends those dogs howling off into the inky black shadows of an alleyway that leads to an alternate universe. And there’s the doppleganger! Aaugh!

      Yes, I’m being silly and just playing around. Why not?

      Hey, the sky’s the limit. I could go on and on with ideas for that ugly foot. How about you? What would you write? 🙂

    1. Thanks, Michelle! You’re a good sport! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  6. Hahahaha, I just read Erik’s comment. That guy is my Superman. He turned his blog purple for Purple Day, bestie. He’s just the COOLEST!

    Love your post. You ALWAYS make me giggle. That FOOT. Gross man! 🙂 I could NEVER write romance. All that kissin’ and stuff. BLEH! 🙂 MWAH!

    1. Wow, Erik turned his blog purple for Purple Day! He’s an amazing kid. Thanks for the reminder to wear purple tomorrow for Epilepsy Awareness Day.

      Yes, that foot is gross. I wouldn’t want to sit next to it either. I’d rather write for kids, too. “All that kissin’ and stuff!. BLEH!” Ha-ha, too funny! Thanks a million, Bestie! XO

  7. I’m thinking a post-apocalyptic zombie story for that foot for sure. Gross! Okay, your foot is injured, but you really have to stick it on MY armrest? Yuck!

  8. A post-apocalyptic zombie story is perfect for that ugly foot! I agree, pretty darn rude of the owner of the ugly foot to stick it on someone else’s armrest. Life is full of surprises, some not so cool.

  9. Lynn,
    I have to confess, I do not know what a doppleganger is. I’m reading your posts and it seems everyone knows but me. Fill me in?

    1. Hi Pam! A doppleganger is someone’s look alike, supposedly from another world. I didn’t know what a doppleganger was either until right before C&C’s wedding, on Corey’s FaceBook, he put a photo of his doppleganger. It was a picture of Fabio! Haha! I had to ask George what a doppleganger was. So when I made C&C’s altered art book, I added that pic of Fabio, but replaced the face with Corey’s! 🙂

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