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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Be Prompt! The First in an Off and On Series of Writing Prompts

I believe prompts are best if they just get you to think about things a little differently. They can help your brain percolate any number of ideas, hopefully creating something worthwhile as a result.

We'll start this one with a picture...



Consider how any body art OR unique body features of your hero or heroine make people react when first seeing them. Does your hero dress and act like a stockbroker but have a mysterious prison tattoo underneath it all? Does your Goth heroine have a penchant for voting Republican and attending church regularly? Does your baby boomer heroine have a heart so young she rivals her grandchildren's exploits?

When the people around them realize the difference between how they look and how they act (or the appropriateness of it) how do they react? Do they take it all in stride or do they worry that if this is what the person's really like, maybe they don't know them after all?

What do you think?
~Saoirse

2 comments:

RomanceWriter said...

Well Nikolas looks very straitlaced but he is hiding the soul of an artist. He's a painter in his spare time. So the paint flecks under his nails might give him away.

Simone is gorgeous, a former big time flirt and man chaser. But now she is shy and reserved because she suffered a devasting tragedy in her life. She would dress conservitely but her lingerie might be the one item that is still a little risque. She doesn't want the world to see her as sexy anymore but underneath it all she still wants to see herself that way.

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Very cool, Sara. I like the idea of the straitlaced, conservative-looking artist.

I like the hint of mystery about Simone and her ring... I'm curious now!

~Saoirse

When you get tired of them hanging around your house, you should send them my way ;-)

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