Select ONE of the following options (You will NOT be receiving a print copy of this prompt on Tuesday):
Option #1: Fiction (250-500 words):_______________________________________________________Using one of the above photos for inspiration, write a flash fiction story. The photos show the Temple of Zeus in Athens, Greece, from a hotel room balcony; the photos (actually from one photo) have been digitally manipulated in various ways, although the barbed wire is real.Option #2: Building an Antagonist:Pretend that the barbed wire in the above photos has assumed human qualities and emotions. If the barbed wire were a person, what would he or she be like? Use the character list on page 6 of “Creative Writing–Writing Fiction” handout (also on the website) to help build an antagonist whose main function in life is to be a source of conflict for a protagonist or main character (see Option #3).Option #3: Building a Protagonist:Assume that the person shooting the photo of the barbed wire and the Temple of Zeus is the protagonist. Use the character list on page 6 of “Creative Writing–Writing Fiction” handout (also on the website) to help build a protagonist (or main character) whose sole source of conflict is with the barbed wire on the balcony (see Option #2).Option #4: Using Second Person (250-500 words):Using Jamaica Kincaid’s Girl as a model, write a short story entirely in the second person.
If you have an alternate idea that you would like to try out instead of the above options, please feel free to do so.
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. ☺
The above photographs are copyright 2009, by Jennifer Semple Siegel, and may not be reprinted or reposted without permission from the photographer.