Select ONE of the following options:
Option #1 (250-500 words):_____________________________________________Starting with today’s date, begin a 7-day journal for a major character from a story that you have already written or are writing now. If your story is set in the past, begin with today’s date, but in a year within the era of your character’s life.Option #2 (250-500 words):
In this journal, your character should make important and vivid observations about the world around him/her: recalling conversations/scenes with friends and others, offering background information on him/herself and others, recounting activities done for that day, and noting mini-epiphanies experienced throughout the week.Write a story that uses mostly dialogue. For the dialogue tags, do not use any verb except “say”/“says”/“said” or “ask”/“asks”/”asked.” In addition, do NOT use any adverbs within your dialogue tags.Option #3 (Revision):
In other words, use the dialogue itself to develop character and plot. Also, do not tell how a character feels; show the emotion in action or as described (via the five senses) by the narrator.Begin revising one of your drafts, a story that you might include in your final portfolio.
If you have an alternate idea that you would like to try out instead of the above options, it’s okay.
NOTE: Don’t worry if you don’t finish this piece today or ever; you might discover that this prompt, for you, is a “false start.”
Writers should experience a lot of false starts.