How’s your week been? Mine was interesting. The middle-grade fiction contest I signed up for had their webinar yesterday (it’s pretty cool–they critique the top five winning stories).
I didn’t make it as a winner…this time. I was sitting on a combination of excitement and dread the whole time, though. What if they read my story out loud? What if I didn’t make it? What if I did make it? And on and on.
I do have the satisfaction of saying I gave it a good shot, though. I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t have to push negative feelings out of my head every now and again (do you ever think something like that…like maybe you’d be better off doing something else in place of writing?)
Anyway, let’s get to it.
Today is Triple F, or for the soon-to-be-invited-into-my-world, aka Fabulous Fiction Friday, or any of a dozen other names I can (and maybe will) eventually come to call it.
It’s a writing prompt that happens every Friday, or almost every Friday, just for you (that’s also why I put them in their own category…if you want more, they’re off to your right, under “Fab Friday Prompts”).
Things have been a weird combination of sunny, muddy, and windy here this week. So I figured I’d spin that into this week’s prompt:
Your character steps in something they’ve never stepped in before.
All right, one teeny plot point–actually, more of an incident (much less than an actual story).
You’ll have to figure what’s been stepped in, who stepped in it, and why. That means backstory (which may also include whether the character has had any other incidents with what’s been stepped in).
How about Chad steps in some motor oil or what-have-ya–but the “oil” is purple? Turns out it’s from the leaky leg of a giant robot that somehow snuck in to his giant garage at work–which just happens to be a top-secret non-traditional space program? What happens next? Is the robot on its own? Or is someone driving him, and just got lost?
Or Melanie, what if she’s just stepped in some doughnuts that someone fumbled? What if there was a bit of a fender-bender on the highway, and half a load of doughnuts slid out of a truck? I know it’s sounds like a waste, but how could we make things super interesting?
All right. That’s enough to get the mental snowball rolling, to be sure.
April is just barely under one quarter gone here.
Make it a great weekend, with good memories, all right?
Until next time,