I created this writing prompt, “Trapped on the Waves”, for the early middle of a book. People prefer to react in ways that are comfortable and familiar to them. after the inciting Incident, however, the character encounters obstacles where her old habits no longer work. She finds herself unable to keep acting in her superficial comfort zone. The more her goals are thwarted, the more she feels the strain and the stronger her emotional reactions become. The character becomes an emotional beach ball trapped in the waves, tossed back and forth.
Write a passage that provides more sensory details about the altered world of the book’s middle. Show the tides of emotion that shift in response to the dramatic action around her. Show the changes in emotion without using dialogue or “telling” how the character feels.
Want more help? Here are some extra details you can throw in…
- Incorporate contrasting details (time, color, landscape, cultures)
- Include fire in some way
(may be a current fire, evidence of a fire, a motif, an analogy, a memory, etc)
- plant reference to a publicly controversial event
(these news items usually involve violations of social norms0
- Involve a minor character from a minority culture
(may have a disability or deformity, be of unusual age or appearance, etc.)
Still stuck? Here are ideas for action…
- One of your characters tries to locate something or someone
- Your protagonist ends up surrendering some control to inner antagonist
(may manifest as doubt, guilt, shame, fear)
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