Thursday, April 03, 2008

Not What It Appears

Today's prompt will be fun. It's two steps. First, write a description of an item. Include at least two of the senses. When you have your item developed, I want you to place it in a scene and through the actions of a character show that the item is not what it appears to be.

This can be as simple as describing the golden crust of an apple pie sprinkled with sugar and the scent of cinnamon filling the air. Then when your character sits down to eat it, it's so sour that the glans in his cheeks rebel.

If you can't think of something, here are a few muse pumpers to crank up the imagination:

  • car
  • boy
  • new school or job
  • student

Describe any one of these and then introduce them to your character. Have fun! This helps develop the ability to lead your readers one way to surprise them with a twist at the end.

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