Welcome to Writing Stop Pit Stop! Life. Life shapes a person, life can get in the way of a person, life can change a person. Once you’ve lived enough life you’re going to have so many experiences (a.k.a. conflicts) that will make you a better judge of character, make you know you can survive the knocks and the pain, make you strong and will undoubtedly make you protect yourself a little more…making you appear “tame” and reserved to some. It can also cause one to be cynical...not only of love, but of all other opportunities. It all makes for a lot of conflict that can interfere with making good choices, taking chances, and believing everything will work out the way that it’s supposed to in the end.
Conflict sucks in real life, but conflict is wonderful for fiction, storytelling, drama (for the drama queens!) and even poetry…a writer doesn’t want everything to work out perfectly for everyone/everything involved or it’s going to be real yawner for the reader. Obviously, we don’t want over the top conflict/drama in our own lives, but as writers/poets/playwrights we can all draw from our hard life experiences to utilize in our writing. For writing prompt thirty-nine we’ll take some of those experiences and put them to good use:
Roadblocks and Heartbreak
1) In your daybook write out a list of some of your toughest times in life. Maybe it was the loss of a relationship, or a divorce; maybe it was being fired, losing a dream job, flunking out of college, maybe it was being homeless, broke, or just having one of those years that pull the rug out from under you. Maybe it was something so far-fetched that it causes one of those truth is more strange than fiction reactions…write it down!
2) Choose something from your list and write on it for 10 minutes or until you exhaust your subject. Take a look at what you’ve written. Can you develop a character that will take on this particular conflict? Is it something you want to explore in an essay, a play, or a poem? If so, work on that until you have a writing that you’re happy with.
3) Once you’ve revised your piece, don’t hesitate to share it with me in the comments section or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s wishing you a lot of conflicts for your characters and stories, but a more tranquil life for yourself. 🙂
See you next Wednesday!