Triple F: Start Little, Go Big

How’s your week been so far? Things have been going great for me. I set up an offer to write emails for folks in a private Facebook group I’m part of and several people took advantage of it.

I also got a rough draft done up for the middle-grade fiction contest I plan on entering (I’ll have to punch that up, though).

Plus my laptop screen has been blinking on and off when I’m typing and my sleeve brushes the track pad. It’s only been happening since Wednesday, and I’m trying not to let it drive me wild.

Anyway, let’s get to it.

Today is Fabulous Fiction Friday, aka Triple F, aka Fiction Awesomeness. Which means a prompt for you.

I actually popped out two posts this week about a book I’m reading/trying to read, so I think I’ll work with that.

Your post for this week’s Triple F is:

Make up a small incident in your character’s life that has huge significance later because of what happens after it.

Of course, it’ll be up to you to figure out what means what to whom–in addition to gender and the rest of the character’s backstory.

How about…

Steve is bitten by a dog when he’s young? A lot of people would probably get over it, but what if he was so young, it just stuck with him for some reason or other? What happens to change his mind? He meets an injured dog on the road? What happens? Things could also turn out so that Steve doesn’t change his mind and ends up regretting it later–I mean, we hope not, but sometimes things happen.

Brooke’s sister Jenette broke a doll of hers when they were younger. It was an accident, but it was something their mother gave them to share right before she died of cancer. Brooke hadn’t really forgiven Jenette because of what their mom’s gift meant to both of them, and blamed her because she didn’t seem too concerned about it. When Jenette gets cancer, will Brooke let it go?

What could you inject to complicate things so that readers wouldn’t know which way things would end up? Did Jenette make fun of her sister or look down on her for valuing a “silly little doll”?

That’s enough to get the mental snowball rolling down the hill, so to speak.

February is slightly more than half over.

Make it an awesome weekend, with good memories, all right?

Until next time (and week),

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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