Writing Prompt Story Starter: The Metro

Shutterstock / Viacheslav Lopatin © metro

Like everyone on the Fiction Team, I love giving and receiving book tokens.

They’re such a joy! And a real treat. They also allow you to treat yourself to books you might not otherwise have purchased.

Book Tokens

I was lucky enough to receive book tokens this Christmas, and ordered a book I’ve had my eye on –“CCCP Underground”, by Frank Herfort.

It’s a visual history of metro stations in Russia.

And it’s absolutely beautiful.

There are so many lovely stations that it’s impossible to choose the most interesting!

Many are like works of art in themselves – functional, but beautiful, too (above).

Some have a nod to the past, looking like a grand ballroom, others are futuristic in style.

With no ads anywhere, they look more like the foyer of a palace, or a civic building such as a town hall.

I wondered if they might help start a story for you, this week?

Book tokens

These could be a story starter in themselves!

The excitement of receiving book tokens as a child – or as an adult.

Choosing books – perhaps that ordinarily, you might not have chosen.

To-be-read lists. We have many of these, on the Fiction Team!

The Metro

Travelling on the metro – or the subway.

Fellow travellers. Meeting places. Making one think of “Brief Encounter”, perhaps?

Metros elsewhere – Paris; the London Underground – and its iconic map; the Subway.

Underground – caving? Mining? Treasure?

Hidden beauty

Beauty that’s hidden – in this case, underground. Or perhaps behind a plain façade?

Astonishing artwork.

Beauty being in the eye of the beholder?

Joy and beauty in everyday things

Photography. Photo-journalism.

Simply seeing the joy and beauty in everyday things.

As we move towards a more ‘normal’ life – travel.

And in light of the two years we’ve all just been through – appreciating “everyday” life?

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Lucy Crichton

Fiction Editor Lucy is always on the look-out for the very best short stories, poems and pocket novels. As well as sourcing enjoyable content, she enjoys working with our established contributors, encouraging new talent, and celebrating 155 years of 'Friend' fiction!