Looking for inspiration? Try another form of currency: foreign idioms. Having lived and learned in another country (Germany) I was often baffled by unfamiliar phrases, mistaking their meaning, and consequently ‘stepping into a bowl of grease’. In English I might convey such a blunder by ‘putting my foot in my mouth’.
Still wondering how that should inspire a story, let me give you a push: imagine a hot dog vendor at Coney Island, or in front of the Metropolitan Museum (my favorite stand back in the day), serving up words of wisdom for the downtrodden…or a delightful tip -to-tail romp with a dachshund! Would the witch have said it with a snigger to a young boy lost ion the woods with his sister? snIf an image still hasn’t formed try again next week. I’ll post a new one every Wednesday!