How was your week? It’s Fabulous Fiction Friday, but we’ll get to the prompt in a bit. First I have to rewind to Monday, and something important I missed.
Monday was Labor Day, sure. And I’ve got a small pile of watermelon rinds to prove it.
But it was also the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II. Germany invaded Poland on September 1st, 1934 and started the whole thing.
I watched a show on BYU TV called American Ride about the D-Day invasion. I really enjoy history a lot. And I also like thinking about things in different ways, different outcomes. And getting emotionally involved in the details of the Normandy landing really impacted me.
So for this week’s prompt, here goes:
Write a fight scene, but make sure the main character in the scene loses.
What craziness is that, right? Aren’t the good guys supposed to win? Sure they are. But sometimes they don’t. This is fiction, and you’re free to IMAGINE what happens here.
You could have a scene with a hero who dies, sure. But I said “lose,” and dying isn’t the only way to lose.
Or you could write about a scene where the hero thinks he won, only to discover later that wasn’t the case. How and why would that be? Your story, so that’s your call. Just do your best to make it clear that the hero didn’t roll over and just give up without trying sincerely.
Or your hero could even be a rubber contender in a mutant ducky tug-of-war.
And if ideas are hitting your brain like a downpour on a windshield, don’t sweat it. Just take things slowly, and write general ideas—just a phrase even—before moving on to the next one. And then use those ideas.
Or parts of them.
And make it a great weekend too, all right?
Until next time,