Favorite Activity

            Recall a time when you participated in an activity for the first time, only to discover that you truly enjoyed it. Perhaps you liked it so much that you incorporated it into your life. When given a chance, you’d go for a hike, toss out a fishing line, make something from yarn or go bowling.

            These activities enriched your life by adding a texture that was missing. Stories were told based upon your exploits or creations shared that you made with fabric, wood or yarn. Friendships developed among those who shared your interests. Together you went places and did things that perhaps you still recall in vivid detail.

            Your character needs to have a favorite activity. It might not be the driving force of the story, but it’s there in the background. It influences the way she thinks and interacts.

            Your task is to write a story in which your character either discovers an activity that she enjoys or participates in one that she hates. Details are important. Dialogue is needed to bring the character into the activity, for most often we are drawn to new experiences through people in our circle. Bring in the senses and the emotions. Readers will want to be there as your character explores the activity, from beginning to end.

            Have fun with this one.

Going Places

People seldom stay home all day long, day after day. They go to work, out to eat and shopping for food, clothes and other necessities.

They travel by foot, car, bus, ferry and train. If they are lucky, they fly around the world visiting relatives, seeing exotic places and attending conferences.

When they travel, they encounter others, like the homeless woman who sleeps on a bench inside the train station or the drug-influenced young man who stumbles about the ferry banging into passengers.

No two trips are alike. Each day brings a new adventure, some more interesting or frightening than others.

Your characters must also go places and have encounters every day. This presents a challenge to the writer. How to make a journey unique? Using descriptive phrases that incorporate the senses allows the reader to walk next to your character.

Your task is to write a scene in which your character goes somewhere and experiences something unusual. Think about what she sees, hears, smells and tastes.

Have fun with this.

Good luck.