I learned a lot while struggling with my response to last week’s prompt.
When I was writing more details about what kind of box the oranges were in, I realized they didn’t matter, and that if I gave them any space in the story the emphasis and pacing would be wrong.
When I was writing about the actions Mary takes, I realized I needed to give more detail to the emotions she experiences, otherwise the story is less interesting.
When I was trying to describe Mary’s character, I realized that in a piece of writing of this size I needed to focus on one thing about her, instead of trying to fit in four or five.
Most importantly, when I was sitting down to write or edit and tearing my hair out, I learned that if I just took a break and came back to it later I would be able to move forward. I learned to trust myself enough to see that just because I’m having a rough time right now doesn’t mean I’ll never succeed.
For this week’s prompt let’s write 500 words depicting a change of emotion, using detailed body language, facial expression, and/or dialogue.
Jack kissed Janie’s cheek. “Oh Janie, you’re the sweetest girl on earth.” Just then Biff walked by. Jack watched Janie’s eyes follow Biff down the street. “Huh,” said Jack. “Well, I got homework to do anyway, Janie. Guess I’ll see you running around.”
It’s not my fault that when I picture teens on a date it’s automatically the 1950s.
Let’s write in a way that:
- richly conveys the chosen emotions
- clearly indicates the reason for the emotional shift
- makes the shift convincing
I can’t wait to see what we create! Have a wonderful week everyone.