Emotion, emotion! Play big. Close your eyes and imagine the "he" of "he said."
What if the "he" shows up as a "she"? No problem. Go with her. Let the story be her's.
Remember, a prompt is only the jumping off point to stir your imagination. It is a first draft. First draft offers up its gifts when the writing is messy and chaotic!
This prompt promises built-in dramatic tension if you are not afraid to play big. You want your writing to flow. High dramatic tension, love, hate and everything in between, opens the creative flow.
Play big, taking risks, letting the characters free leads to great story-telling and helps breaking a writer's block. Go for it now!
Suggestions and Hints:
Genre: This prompts falls into at least two genres: Women's Fiction and Thrillers/Mystery, depending on which direction your characters take you!
The grandmother looks so sweet and gentle in the picture, but don’t you be afraid to write a tough memory. Let the storyteller pour out her heart.
This prompt is also an opportunity for description, or what I call "mood" in my Five Ingredients of the Scene.
Do not think about how you would describe the scene. Become your character. See only what she sees. In other words, what the character sees is more important than what you as the writer want to describe.
What are her inner thoughts?
The emotion appears to be angry but what if, in the end, the emotion turns to grief and she breaks down and embraces her dead grandmother?
What if she blames her grandmother for something the old woman had not done?
What if she murdered her grandmother?
The What Ifs are endless. Open to taking risks with your writing!
Suggestions and Hints
First write the scene from the daughter’s point of view, using lots of dialogue and only the daughter's inner thoughts.
Then put that aside and write the scene from the mother’s point of view. You need not have the exact same dialogue and the story will be very different from the mother’s point of view.
This is a great eye opener of an exercise geared to deepening your understanding of the writer's technique of point of view.
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