Busy times here in the Forest!! I watched the Pitt/Arizona game last night while answering email, and was a little bummed at halftime, because OfficeMouse (aka Daughter #3) and I had arranged a halftime phone call to go over the first half of the game. And she didn’t call. But, I know…. she’s all grown up now…. living her own life…….. about to start her teaching career…….. and she lives almost six hours away…..has better things to do that than talk football with her old Mom…….who really misses her….
So yeah, I was feeling pretty sorry for myself.
That’s when the OfficeMouse and her boyfriend Perceptor walked in. A surprise visit for the weekend.
There was much rejoicing in the Forest!!!
But there is still writing to do.
Today’s advice: This is what Joyce Carol Oates says: "I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card, when nothing has seemed worth enduring for another five minutes . . . and somehow the activity of writing changes everything. Or appears to do so."
Today’s prompt: Do NOT scroll down to read Part 2 of this prompt yet!!.
Part 1 – Write the next scene in your WIP or, if you are in-between projects, write about what you did yesterday. Write enough to fill a page or so.
Got that done? Excellent! NOW you can scroll down…..
Yes, I know it’s hot. It’s August…..
If I’m trying not to whine, you can too. Almost there….
Part 2 – You made it without melting! Good job! Take your one-page scene and introduce the most unexpected character in the world into it. How is your character going to react? If you find that the introduction of this character does not jolt your main character into an unanticipated response, keep raising the stakes. The goal is for YOU to learn someone new about your character.