[By Peter from Bern, Switzerland]
Unless your characters make a goal to experience everything they can throughout their lifetime, chances are they may encounter something new within your creative work. This actually is an interesting challenge — for you as a writer and for the reader who is wondering what the characters will do. This challenge explores that idea of “there is a first time for everything.” How do you avoid cheesy descriptions and actions? That is the challenge this week. Are you up to it?
Challenge: The First Time
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: Think about what your characters are experts at and what your characters may have never encountered. Now think of a scenario where they must try something new for the first time. Whether it is horseback riding, trying a foreign dish, dancing, fighting an enemy with different combat methods, or meeting your lover’s parents, explain why this situation is new and challenging in a way that shows us and doesn’t tell us. Avoid cliches and cheesy descriptions and actions by exploring the character deeper and how they, as an individual, would react (in-character) to that particular challenge.
*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.
The last challenge: WEEKEND WRITING: EXPLORING THE CAVE
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