For those of you that don’t know, I teach the youth writing program at the KSP Writers’ Centre. The most useful piece of advice I offer my students when I present them with a writing prompt is for them to look through the prompt, to see it for what it could be rather than for what it is…
Caution: Is this prompt merely a stimulus for a story about an abandoned building? or are there other situation in which your characters might proceed with caution?
Forbidden love…where the union of two may destroy many of their existing relationships.
Second chance at love…what went wrong the first time to make one, or both, of your characters resist the second chance they’ve been given.
Shady characters…proceed with caution, getting close may be the last relationship your character ever has.
Fear of the unknown…characters aren’t born heroes, unless you’re writing in the genre of superheroes, not all are brave and adventurous from chapter one. They may be hesitant to fall into the journey you plan for them, and so cautious becomes a character trait rather than a neon sign flashing, or taped off areas, prohibiting entry to a particular scene…
or, if crime is your genre, the taped off area may spark an idea that haunts you until you write the scene.
Be inspired by what if rather than by what…
❤ Renee Snow ❄️