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A writer is wise to do research, even if they are making up their story.
While I was rereading the second edition of Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, I came upon a writing prompt that was really interesting. The writer is supposed to make a list of some sort and then use something off the list as a trigger for a writing prompt. One of the suggestions is “Things on which I am an expert” (page xxvi). For this writing prompt, we are going to do the opposite of that and do a bit of research. Are you up for the challenge?
Challenge: Researching the Unknown
- Word count: 4,000 words or less
- Genre: flash fiction, poem, short story, song, scene from film script or play, etc.
- Due date: next Friday*
- Prompt: Write a list of “things on which I am NOT an expert.” Once you have a list, choose one idea from it. Now, do some research. Try and write from a character’s perspective that IS an expert of that particular area. For example, if you write that you are not an expert on spelunking, then research that area and then write a story from the perspective of a character who IS an expert on spelunking. Do enough research to make it believable, but not enough to spend days on a subject. Pinpoint exactly what you need to research for your particular story.
*Link your writing to A Vase of Wildflowers on your blog and make sure to place the link to your story in the comments of this post.
For ideas, here is my list:
Things on which I am NOT an expert:
- Stabilizing nuclear reactors
- Swimming in oceanic waters
- Prescribing medication
- Piloting hot air balloons
- Writing html code
- Eating spicy food
- Reading genetic code
- Anything fashion
- Alleviating financial and spiritual poverty
Last week’s challenge: RED FRIDAY
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