There are an abundance of crazy holidays in April, far more than I'm going to write about. Whether you prefer to write mysteries or romance, thrillers or fantasies, science fiction or historical fiction, I'm sure you can find one of them that catches your eye and causes storylines to start running through your mind.
How many practical jokes will you pull on April Fool's Day? Are you going to buy a stack of comic books on Reading is Funny Day? Are you going to burn all of your rejection slips and letters on Sorry Charlie Day?
April Fool's Day - Everyone has heard of April Fool's Day, and I'm pretty sure that every person has either been behind an April fool's prank or had one pulled on him. The origins of this holiday that delights those who love to play practical jokes is a mystery, although it is believed to have had its beginnings in France sometime during the 1500s. No one is safe from harmless pranks, practical jokes, and hoaxes on this day when humor reigns.
Create a world in which humor reigns every day. Not everyone who lives in this world appreciates the humor, though. There is an underground group who wants to dethrone humor and put seriousness on the throne in its place. What happens? Which side wins?
Reading is Funny Day - I've always loved to read, but not everyone does. Some need a bit more encouragement to draw them into a book than I do. Occurring on the same day as April Fool's Day, Reading is Funny Day is to show kids that reading can be fun by introducing them to the world of humor through comic strips, books of jokes & riddles, or humorous fiction books.
Create a character who loathes reading of any kind. He would rather do anything but read a book. His days are spent playing video games (not that video games are bad), watching television, and playing with his friends. But he has a book report due in just two weeks and a really thick book to read before he can write it. What book does he have to read? Does he actually read it? Does it change his opinion of reading?
Sorry Charlie Day - When I first saw the name of this holiday, I immediately though of the Charlie in the Starkist Tuna commercials. Was he the inspiration for this holiday? There is no substantial information about the beginnings of this holiday, but the saying 'Sorry Charlie' was around long before the tuna commercial.
This holiday is for those of us who have been rejected and lived to tell about it. Possibly you have been rejected by a boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse. Have you been turned down for a job lately? Or , the biggest one for writers, have you received your fair share of rejection slips?
All of us have been rejected somehow at some time in our lives. Today, why not write a story about rejection of some sort? Create a character who faces rejection not just once in a while, but every day of his or her life. He is definitely having a major streak of bad luck. Then he runs across this magical book that changes everything for him. What happens?