“THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT: YOU SIT DOWN AT THE KEYBOARD AND YOU PUT ONE WORD AFTER ANOTHER UNTIL IT’S DONE. IT’S THAT EASY, AND THAT HARD.”Neil Gaiman
I have to admit I love Neil Gaiman’s writing and what he has to say about writing. My favourite children’s book, written, interestingly enough from the Dad’s point of view, is Fortunately the Milk. If you haven’t read it, you really should. It’s short, and a hilarious story for all age groups.
Having said that, yesterday’s post, How To Get Your Character Out of the Room, has some great tips that you might want to check out, if you missed them.
This writing prompt is one I found in my copy of The Writer’s Idea Book by Jack Heffron.
Extend the story of a minor character or person in a piece you’ve read. Is there a character in a novel who intrigues you, who you wished played a larger role? Spend a session exploring that character’s life, circumstances or situation.
Recently, I listened to the audio version of One Day in December by Josie Silver. It’s a little on the cheesy side, and the main character is a little too muddled to be the strong female lead I usually prefer, but the best friend, Sarah, would be the perfect choice for the above exercise. She is the one who gets caught in the middle between the two POV characters, and she is the one who makes the best choices. I could imagine the story from her point of view. Hmmm. That might be kind of fun. I just might give it a try. I mean, fan fiction isn’t something you can publish, as in, make money from, but it makes for a great writing exercise!
Happy writing, all. Stay safe. Stay Healthy. Be Kind.