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What's going on here?
The January "100 Words Or Less" Writing Challenge asks you to bring emotion to your creative vision of what is happening in the picture above. There is obviously a piece of red luggage on the left side of the photo. Is the woman here coming or going? Why is she standing there, obviously staring at the house? What is that broken-down sofa out at the curb? What's that all about? What is the woman feeling (other than cold, we mean)? And why is she dressed like that? Is she waiting for a taxi to take her to the airport for a flight to Miami? Did she just fly in from Las Vegas?
What's going on here? Tell us in 100 words or less. And make us feel your story, not just read it.
Identify the emotions in your story. What do you want your readers to feel at different points during the story? How should they feel when they finish reading? How does the character in your story feel about what is happening?
Think about a time when you experienced the emotion your character is experiencing. While you may have never been through exactly what this character is dealing with, chances are you've felt happy, sad, angry, surprised, scared, and a whole host of other emotions before. Think back to the time you felt the particular emotion you're trying to get across.
Decide how the character would react. Your own emotions are a good starting point, but in most cases, this character isn't the same as you. Think about the type of person this character is and what she would do when faced with the situation you're writing about.
Feel the your story as you write it: Involve the senses of touch, hearing, smell, taste and, of course, what the character sees through her eyes.
Use the setting. What you describe about the area where the action is taking place, the objects in that setting, and even the other characters (even unseen) can help to enhance the emotion of a scene. Remember that you and your readers are seeing everything through the eyes of your main character and the main character's emotional state will influence what she notices and thinks about.
How to enter:
Make sure that you're logged in as a member to this web site. Add your entry below as a "Comment." When you're finished, click on the "Add comment" button in the lower right of your entry. Want to do it over? Click on the red "X" to the right of your entry and start all over. Do as many re-writes as you wish, but remember that you only have one entry.
Deadline: January 31st at noon.
Fear. Anger. Sorrow. Betrayal. Regret. Emotion... that's what we're looking for.