Sunday, February 07, 2016

Writing Prompt: The Challenge: What Scares You?

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy
This week’s prompt aims to challenge you to write something outside of your comfort zone. It’s designed to push your creative boundaries and stretch those artistic wings.

Write about something that scares you.

Put a character into a situation where he or she faces whatever it is that scares you. It can be funny, scary, emotional, thrilling—totally up to you. The goal is to tap into fear and explore how that affects a character (both good and bad).

Skill tip: What fear you choose to write about will determine how deep you dig for this exercise. Superficial skills might only tap into surface feelings (still good), but deep-rooted, “I don’t like facing this” fears can help you find an emotional place that really make an emotional scene resonate. You can use that in your novel’s own emotional scenes.

For the brave, share in the comments! But it’s okay if it’s too personal to share.

1 comment:

  1. The one thing that truly frightens me is edges. Like the edge of a cliff or even standing inside a building were I can look down. The Grand Canyon scared the begebbers out of me.