Catherine stood on the busy Chicago street, staring in awe at the tall buildings and busy city life that was so foreign to her country roots. This was the farthest she’d ever been from home, though her heart dreamed of adventure in faraway lands. A body abruptly crashed into her, jolting her back to reality. She turned to see a tall, well-built man standing there staring back at her. For a moment their eyes met and. . .
Cyndi and Beth had been friends since they were in elementary school. Their whole lives they had dreamed of traveling the world and meeting exotic foreign men and falling in love. The summer they graduated they took what little savings they had and embarked on a journey they would never forget. But no amount of planning could have prepared them for the adventure that awaited them on the other side of the ocean.
Sammy looked over his shoulder to see if the men were still chasing him. As he reached the dock he merged himself into the crowd of people boarding the boat. He hoped he could remain unseen and get to the next port before anyone noticed him.
Brian sped to the top of the hill in his Mustang GT. He could see in his rear view mirror the blue lights gaining on him. “Crap! I thought I’d lost them,” he grumbled under his breath. If they catch me I’ll never be able to explain that!” he muttered as he glanced at the small leather satchel on the passenger side floor.
Carey sat in the den’s bay window seat watching and listening to the kids playing outside. She could remember well the carefree days and warm summer evenings of childhood. Those days seem to have passed like a momentary sigh. Now all she could see were the strenuous times ahead of single parenting two small children after the death of her soul mate. Would she ever find a love like that again?
Miranda sat down at her desk and pulled a sheet of paper out of a drawer and a pen from the caddy. She chewed on the end of the pen while she stared at the blank page. Her mind raced as she thought of the memories she had made with her family and friends. She searched every nook of her brain for the right words to tell her family and friends that in a few hours she would be boarding a plane to Europe and may or may not ever return.
Create two characters who have been friends since they were kids. While in high school they begin planning a cross-country road trip for the summer after graduation. When they set out everything seems normal, but then they drive through a tunnel and come out in another time and/or world.
John had been Amanda’s 75-year-old health care client for over a year. He was obviously still virile for he had made several small passes at her that she politely overlooked. He knew she was desperate for money and he had plenty to give. But would her high moral standards allow her to accept his proposition for easy money?
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This prompt will not only get you writing, but will also help you create believable character emotion. Good character emotion helps your writing to be more believable and makes your characters more three dimensional. It also helps your readers make a connection with your characters.
Today’s writing prompt requires you to do a little deep thinking. Think of an experience in your life that caused an intense emotion. It may be an event that changed or shaped your personality or inner person. Now create a character and an event that causes that emotion for him or her. You can create one or more supporting characters to round out the scene that causes your emotion to happen. Make sure that your supporting characters respond correctly to the emotional expression of your main character. Write as many paragraphs as you need to make the scene feel real and believable.
Use this exercise anytime you need to create a believable emotional response in a character. Think of things that have happened in your own life and the emotions that were brought up when they happened. Then put those emotions in your characters.