Thursday, September 25, 2008

The 2009 Great Depression

Plucking details from history lend our writing details readers can relate to. In the light of today's economic difficulties today we'll look at the Great Depression. However we'll look to it for details of daily life and pull it into a contemporary fictional scenario. Society today is different and yet similar tho the late 1920's. It's those similarities and differences you'll incorporate into your story.

Today's Pumping Your Muse Prompt:

Write a short story that takes place in 2009. It's up to you to determine where your world is economically and how your characters react, survive and interact. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

*Rationing (this includes everything from shoes to appliances and food).
*Multi-generational families living under one roof
*Innovative food supplies--more people turned to family gardens--what do your characters do?
*Once successful entrepreneurs looking for work

The possibilities are endless, and life in the city will be different from than in more rural areas. Either way, life will be changed. A society promoting instant gratification will now plummet into living with restrictions that require harder work for less.

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If you enjoy prompts, check out Pumping Your Muse. The prompts included in this creative writing book challenge the imagination to take new direction and if followed to the conclusion of the book, provide a detailed outline along with completed scenes and developed characters for one novel, as well as a solid start for a second novel.

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