Monday, July 6, 2015

And Then There Was June

June's not my best month. This year was the 7th anniversary of my dad's death, closely followed by a family reunion for his family, then father's day. Not the best schedule for my mental well-being. Usually, I keep myself busy so I don't sit around and dwell on it, but this year I got a little overzealous. I started teaching summer classes, tried taking a class online, worked on writing a textbook, and, on top of all of that, decided it would be a good time to move! Needless to say, June got away from me, so I missed four weeks of writing prompts. To make up for it, here are 4 prompts for June, plus the first one in July, which brings us up to Week 27!

During the first couple weeks of June, I thought of the first writing prompt, but I wasn't able to find time (or articulate it well enough) to get it posted. This is the best I could come up with:

Seven years ago, my sister and I had to make the decision to remove Dad from life support. It wasn't what we necessarily wanted to do, but it is absolutely the decision he would have wanted us to make. The prompt for Week 23, then, is to force your main character into a situation where doing the right thing is the opposite of what s/he wants. Whatever the thing is, it goes against his/her very nature to do this thing. Does s/he do it? What fallout is there?

For Week 24, deal with the fallout. Is it physical, emotional, mental? All of the above? Maybe there are legal (or societal) ramifications for the particular act. If the character chose not to do it, deal with those consequences. There are always repercussions when we don't do the right thing (or there should be in a story, anyway)- they just aren't always immediate.

For Week 25, lighten the mood and see what happens. Try rewriting the same story/scene with a different emotion. If it was depressing, bring it up to somber, if it was somber bring it up from there. You might even try doing an about face - reverse the polarity, so-to-speak. What happens to the character now? Which one feels more true to the character?

And now, a lighter note: For Week 26, write a story that revolves around cooking, or a recipe. I am thinking specifically of something like Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, or Como Agua para Chocolate, but any story or scene that revolves around cooking will work.

Last, for Week 27, it's Independence Day. Don't do the traditional fireworks and apple pie, though. Let's make it something unexpected. Whether your character is celebrating independence, or becoming independent, or lamenting his/her lack of independence, make it something new.

As always, feel free to comment below with status updates, questions, or comments in general. Happy writing!