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?