That’s pretty awesome, Joni. One of my colleagues here at DePaul does something similar. She assigns students a budget, a star, and a genre. So, for instance:

$2M, Brie Larson, Thriller.

They have 10 weeks to develop a story and write an entire feature-length screenplay.

I believe the three elements are drawn randomly. And you can change one element, then you’re given another story bit to work into the plot a la airplane, elephant, etc.

Since it’s a zero draft, it’s a great exercise in just writing and working within certain perimeters.

But I like your version of it. And a tip of my hat to your husband for supporting your creative endeavors this way.

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