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Motivate Me! Writing Prompt

It has been one of those weeks.  For starters, my youngest is sick with a stomach virus. (I’m sure there is someone at Preschool I can thank for that.)  My oldest hurt her big toe–we thought it might be broken and had to go in for x-rays, etc.  Can’t wait to see the bill on that.  To add proverbial salt to her wound, the sleepover we had scheduled was canceled due to her sister’s illness.  Many tears were shed despite our promise to reschedule as soon as possible.  We had really nasty weather for several days and nights that left me somewhat anxious and sleep deprived.  Our old washing machine finally died–completely full of soapy water and clothes, of course.  (Why can’t they ever break after the cyle is over?)  A new machine was necessary, but not exactly in the budget, so that’s going to hurt for the rest of the month.  And my husband and I suspect we might be coming down with the grown-up version of whatever my youngest daughter has.

Yeah, it has been an awesome week.  Haven’t had time for writing, or following my blogs, or doing anything much fun. I’ve watched more than my fair share of Disney Junior, though.  The first weeds are coming up in the yard, and spring allergies are kicking in.  Yes, I know all the platitudes and they aren’t helping.  But seriously, that’s enough griping–it is time to turn things around.  So how do I transform this waste of a week into something constructive?

As much as I love a happy story, without some kind of conflict, even a humorous one, any plot is flat and boring–that is pretty well established.  We all go through difficult times in real life, and our characters go through them too.  The circumstances can be quite different; certainly my medieval era characters could never even conceive of an electric washing machine.  Just the same, they deal with illnesses, broken tools, injuries, and shortages of resources, whether monetary or otherwise.  They go through physical, mental, and spiritual trials, and even at times endure tragedy.

In fact, my main character, Elowyn, is about to go through one of those times in the chapter I’m working on.  I’ve been dreading writing this chapter for far too long, mostly because of my own discomfort with the raw emotion I must express through her.  I contemplated changing the story, but no matter how many ways I tried to avoid it, this event is crucial to her development as a character, to her future, and the future of others in the book.  Pulling that one thread out made everything around it fall apart.

So maybe my exhaustion and bad mood can finally get me through the rest of this difficult chapter.  I can use it to better connect with Elowyn’s frustration, her sorrow, and her desire to be left alone while she comes to terms with what has just happened.  And maybe when I’m done, I’ll have gained a little real life perspective on my bad week, which really could have been far worse.

So here is the prompt:

Sometimes self-examination is the best teacher when we have to write real, honest emotions through our characters.  Instead of jumping into a scene that is contrary to your current emotional state and forcing yourself to adapt, try instead writing a scene that mimics what you’re feeling.  Whether you’re happy, sad, angry, disappointed, or numb, take your characters with you into that emotion.  Figure out how they react, whether similar or different than you do.  Go as deep as you dare, finding new and creative ways to express those emotions while you are actually feeling them.  Don’t scrap the writing when you’re done.  Hang onto it, and learn from it all over again the next time you have to write from that particular emotional state.

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About weavingword

Allison D. Reid is a Christian Fantasy author with a fondness for Medieval history. Her first published series, the Wind Rider Chronicles, embraces traditional fantasy elements but is also infused with deeper spiritual themes. The first two books in the series, "Journey to Aviad" and "Ancient Voices: Into the Depths" can be found at Amazon and other online book retailers. "Journey to Aviad" is now FREE. Visit http://allisondreid.com/books-2/ to learn more.

2 comments on “Motivate Me! Writing Prompt

  1. Pingback: Writing Milestones | The Weaving Word

  2. leeduigon
    April 12, 2015

    Well said–but I try to leave myself out of my stories to the farthest extent possible. I only get in the way of the story!

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