Writing Prompt: Teen Lit or…Judy Blume tribute

When I was a kid, I read a lot of Judy Blume books. They were interesting and covered all sorts of areas as death, body image, alcoholism, religion, bullying. etc.

Although these issues still exist today, I get worried that teen fiction doesn’t do enough to raise awayness. Although some books out there are entertaining and help broaden the imagination, (Twilight, City of Bones, etc) I worry that there isn’t enough fiction that is set in the world today and addresses not only the issues mentioned above, but all of the others that have emerge with today’s technology driven environment.

Writing from the point of view of a teenager is hard. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the things I experienced growing up and although I came away relatively unscathed, not all of my experiences were pleasant. I put up with bullying, cliques, cultural prejudices, social differences, conformity problems, parent communication problems, boys, friends, etc…just like everyone else. The more I think about it, the more I think there is a story in there.

 

Try this: write a narrative from the point of view of your teenage self. Try to remember what happened, how you perceived things and try not to judge or change events to suit your adult point of view.

Writing Prompt: The Funeral

There has been a lot of death in the news. I know there is death all over the world every day, but lately, I find myself thinking of it more than usual.

Today I read an article about 10 people who contributed to science and technology who died this year. I began to ponder what people would say about my contribution to the world. Would it be newsworthy, I wonder…

I also think about what I would hear if I were to listen in on my own funeral. I’m sure there will be some comments regarding my timekeeping, as I suspect my funeral will be the only even I have an outside chance of being on time for.

Joking aside, I think it would be interesting to write your own epitaph (since most people are unlikely to know for certain what others will say about them in advance). Try this: Write an epitaph from the point of view of three key people in your life. What do you think they would actually say about you.

Next, flip it. Write one for them. It’s a bit of a sombre prompt, but useful for introspection. The alternative is for you to write a scene where an unknown person arrives at a funeral and asks to speak. Give them something shocking to say about the deceased and write out the reactions of the mourners from the 3rd person POV.

Enjoy. (?)…

Writing Prompt: The Fairytale

I’ve grown up reading fantasy books and films. I love the idea of secret worlds where anything is possible. I’ve never tried to write a fantasy story or fairytale. U tend to stick to fiction base on real people and situations. However, of late, I’d rather get lost in a made up world with strange creatures with their own language in a world with it’s own rules. One of my favourite writers is Neil Gaiman, mainly because he has a way of mixing reality with fantasy. Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods are amongst my favourites. If you go further back, Grimm’s fairy Tales brought us Snow White, Cinderella, The Fisherman and his Wife, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood (Little Red Cap). 

it’s hard to know where to begin, but I’d certainly like to try. The trick, the really challenging bit is creating something new and foreign and fantastic whilst making it believable. You need to make the reader believe it’s real, that the world is plausible and that your characters are worth investing time in. 

So…here goes. Try to write a short fairy tale. Pick your world. Give it colour and life. Next, choose your protagonist. What it their challenge and how will they overcome it? What are the limitations of your world? Here are some ideas:

1. A world where all animals speak

2. A story about a collection of of thousands of islands make up the world and the waters are infested with sea monsters. 

3. A family is cursed by an evil spell cast by an opposing family and a single member must try to break it. 

 

Have fun. Let your imagination go wild. 🙂

 

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