Writing Prompt: Gleeful Destruction

This picture got me thinking about gleeful destruction. This destruction could be celebratory like when children break a pinata. Or the delight might come from accidental destruction, maybe a burst seam during a vigorous pillow fight.  Or the glee might follow deliberate destruction — a defeated enemy, severed chains, a poisonous relationship ended.

This week’s writing prompt: Plan or write a scene of gleeful destruction. Go ahead and focus on the joy but also consider ways such scenes can move the larger story towards the climax.


Some of my ideas…

  • Include an onlooker. Why doesn’t he join in? Maybe he holds a grudge or is in too much pain.
  • End the scene with a hint of the consequences of the destructive act.
  • Play with the sense of “fun”, maybe making it forced or desperate.


What are your ideas for adding complexity to such a scene or connecting the scene to the bigger story?

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