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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Strategy # 7 Harmful Dangers: Journal Prompt

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Writing Prompt

Write out a journal entry for your character remembering her saddest day, scariest, most challenging, disappointing or despairing. Focus the emotional description.

For example, suppose your character’s scariest day happened as a ten-year-old who accidently locked himself or herself in a room or a garage. She knew no one would be looking for her for several hours, because they all thought she was at a friend’s house, or after school activity, or some other event. She panics either because of imagination, or a spider, or guilt at her deception.

Take that panic and detail it from each sensory premise. Make a list of all the words that heighten the drama. Is it summer? Does she smell the sweat dripping down her back? What does it smell like? Does she curl up in a corner? Is she up against cement or wood or iron? What does it smell like? What does the room smell like? Repeat the situation focusing on each sense. Once you have the sensory vocabulary, pick which image most defines that time for her.

Choose from your above journal entries and pick the one that fits most clearly into the emotional, physical, mental or spiritual danger you want to develop for your character.  Then repeat the above paragraph inserting her sensory details.

Share: What emotional memory did you choose for your character to remember? How can that become a mirror for her present dilemma?

Read deep, marcy

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