Triple-F—that time of the week (a.k.a. Fabulous Fiction Friday) when I post a writing prompt for you.
A little tidbit about my week first…
The whirlwind of editing slowed down a lot—the author wanted to push back the publication date for his book, and wanted two weeks to go over my (nearly final) edits—after this, we’ll tweak a few design elements, put in some bibliography and/or footnote jazz, and my part as developmental editor will be done (and, I hope, my more interesting involvement with this publisher will begin—details to come as things crystallize).
All right, here’s this week’s prompt:
Write a story about a character who has an important interaction with another character, or characters. Now, rewrite that story as if that important interaction never happened.
I do my best to give a wide possibility of application with these prompts, but this might be too much.
Sure, you can mix it up with character (gender, location, social standing, and so on), but you can also do things with the event. I’m talking things like:
A first date
We could also do something like a car accident, rehab, or other kinds of things like robbery, crime, what-have-ya.
Or maybe alien abduction (sorry—couldn’t resist).
Something important to that character–even something in the setting—what if someone trips over a dog?–that makes it so their life is never the same. I actually did that with one of my characters, in a gaslight fantasy story. He went straight into a bunch of water in a public fountain, and the story went on from there.
And there’s a lot to be said for a small rock that makes big ripples, here. A tiny action that inspire or prevent something bigger.
That’s about it for today.
Make it a great weekend—by next Monday, September 2014 will be a part of history (almost).
Until next time,