Richard Ketchum taught me creative writing. One thing I remember was his suggestions for starting any work: Include as many of the following as early as you can naturally do it:
- time of day
- weather and season
- geographic location
to which I added:
- point of view.
Ketchum said we could learn to write in any form we chose. I mostly chose poetry.
I’d like to share with you the opening lines of a song by Harry Chapin:
it was raining hard in Frisco
I needed one more fare to make my night
a lady up ahead waved to flag me down
she got in at the light
Note that you don’t even need the title (Taxi) to know exactly what’s going on here.