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Writing Prompt: That Was Then…

A well-developed character has a backstory, the events that happened in his life before the current story.  These past events helped shape the character into who he is today and influence his motivations and why he makes the decisions he does.

Sometimes pieces of that backstory are important enough to pass along to the reader.  Sometimes those backstories can be mentioned in dialogue.  The Twilight series makes a lot of use of dialogue for telling backstory.  In the meadow scene inTwilight, Edward explains his actions from earlier in the story as well as some of his family’s history.  When Bella goes to the Cullen house the first time, he tells her about Carlisle’s transformation and early years as a vampire. There are three long backstories told in dialogue in Eclipse: Jasper’s story, Rosalie’s story, and Quiluete legends.

For a few sentences of backstory that are the from the point-of-view character, you can use inner monologue and narrative.

But dialogue and narrative don’t always work.  Sometimes the backstory isn’t one the character would tell another person.  Or maybe the other person was there and doesn’t need to be reminded of what happened.  Using dialogue gets monotonous as well.  Narrative only works for short backstories and often at the cost of emotional impact.  Using dialogue and narrative to tell backstory are both examples of telling.

For longer backstories, flashbacks are the way to go.  Flashbacks show the backstory instead of telling the backstory

The Prompt

Write a short story that includes a flashback.  Make sure the flashback is relevant to your story and happens at a logical place.  Your story can be fan fiction or an original story.

Submitting Your Story

There are a few options for submitting your story:

  • Post it on a website such as fanfiction.netLiveJournal, your blog, etc. Be sure whatever site you choose does not require users to login in order to read your story.
  • Email the link to your story to christie.novelnovice@gmail.com.
  • If you don’t want to post your story on a website, you can email it to christie.novelnovice@gmail.com. Please use DOC or PDF format only. If you wish to remain anonymous, please let me know when you send it (and don’t include your name in the file).
  • Stories are due by 11:59PM PST on July 14.

Keep reading to learn how to write a flashback

Say What? Writing Prompt Entries

Here are the entries from the Say What? writing prompt:

How did our authors do?  Did they convey information, forward the plot, and illuminate character?  What does the dialogue tell you about the story? Can you picture the way the two characters are speaking to each other, even though the pieces are mostly dialogue?  What constructive criticism do you have for these authors that might help them improve their dialogue writing?

Our next writing prompt will be posted on June 1 and run through July 15.

Breaking Dawn Read-Along, Chapters 4-5

To be honest, I had trouble coming up with questions for these two chapters.  Read the chapters, think about the questions, and post your answers in the comments.

Breaking Dawn, Chapters 4 and 5:

  1. If you were in Bella’s place, would you spend your wedding reception with your new husband or with the people you knew you were never going to see again?
  2. Do you think the confrontation between the wolves and Edward at the wedding reception will be portrayed in the film?
  3. How about the other traditional wedding activities: cutting and serving each other cake, bouquet tossing, garter removing, the dancing? Will they make it into the movie?
  4. Where did you think Edward planned to take Bella for the honeymoon?  What did you think about Isle Esme?
  5. How did you feel about the fade-to-black for the wedding night?  Was it appropriate?  Could more have been done and still keep the book PG-13? Should the book have been kept PG-13 since the main character is a legal adult and now married?
  6. How did you feel about the bruising on Bella as a result of Edward and Bella’s love-making?  Inappropriate? Inevitable?
  7. Was Edward right in refusing to continue having sex with Bella as a human?
Anything else you’d like to discuss in these two chapters?

Breaking Dawn Read-Along, Chapters 2 & 3

For Chapters 2 and 3 of our Breaking Dawn read-along, we set up three chat sessions throughout the month of March.  Unfortunately, there was not as good of a turn-out as we’d hoped.  So for the rest of the chapters, we’ll go back to blog posting.

We’re supposed to start Chapters 4 & 5 but I’m going to post the questions for Chapters 2 & 3 now.  In two weeks, we’ll post Chapters 4 & 5.  Then we’ll be back to our regular schedule.

1.

I imagined I could see all the way into his soul. It seemed silly that this fact—the existence of his soul—had ever been in question, even if he was a vampire.

Do you believe Edward has a soul?

2. do you think Bella is naive to the danger of a sexual relationship with Edward?

3.

We Cullens have our own version. Just a few mountain lions, a couple of grizzly bears. Pretty much an ordinary night out.

Do you think Jasper is being honest about Edward’s “bachelor party”?  Do you think we’ll get to see any of it in the movie?

4. The Denali clan hasn’t been mentioned in the movies thus far. We know they will be in Breaking Dawn because they’ve been cast, but how big a role do you think they’ll actually play?

5.
You’ll be my sister officially in ten short hours… it’s about time to get over this aversion to new clothes.
Would you enjoy having Alice as a sister?

6. Would you allow someone complete control over your wedding, including hair, makeup, dress? Would you trust Alice to figure out what you’d like?

7. In the book, Bella glosses over the wedding ceremony and her complete focus is on Edward.  What do you think we’ll see in the movie as far as the wedding?  Will we see Alice and Rosalie getting Bella ready?  Will the ceremony be as glossed over in the movie or will more time be spent on it?

8. What part of the wedding ceremony are you most looking forward to?

Writing Prompt: Say What?

Dialogue is key in any story.  But is your dialogue working for your story? Is it pulling its weight?  Dialogue in story should never be there for the sake of being there; it must always serve a purpose:

  • convey information
  • forward the plot
  • illuminate character

Here is a very simple example to illustrate how a few lines of dialogue can accomplish these three tasks:

“The bomb is set to go off at precisely 2:35,” Earnest said.

“A.M. or P.M.?” Frank asked.

“I don’t know.”

“We’ve got to get that bomb back!”

What do we know?

  • Frank and Earnest know that a bomb is set.
  • They don’t know when it will go off.
  • They want to get the bomb before it explodes.

We really don’t know anything else yet.  Did Frank or Earnest set the bomb? Are they cops who received a tip about a bomb? Do they know where the bomb is?  A few more lines of dialogue supplies additional information that builds suspense, creates a sense of urgency, tells us about Frank and Earnest and a little of their history.

“Uh, it’s almost two-thirty,” Earnest said.

“So?” Frank replied.

“So …” Earnest hesitated. “I set the bomb to go off at precisely 2:35.”

“I know that,” Frank said impatiently.

“Yeah, but was that A.M. or P.M.?”

“What?”

“Well, that’s the thing,” Earnest began. “I can’t remember which I used…”

“Not again!” Frank groaned.  “You moron — we’ve got to get that bomb back!”

“Love to help, but I’ve got a root canal at three.  See ya!”

What do we know now?

  • The bomb could be going off in about five minutes: a huge sense of urgency!
  • Frank and Earnest are working together.
  • Earnest set the bomb, so he has some skills in setting and detonating a bomb.
  • Earnest lacks the common sense to be trusted with something so important.
  • Frank and Earnest have worked together before.
  • Earnest has made this mistake before.
  • Earnest is not a good friend to Frank. He leaves him in a bind with no apparent remorse.
  • Why would Frank continue to work with Earnest? He could be exceedingly loyal or just an idiot.

– Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing for Young Adults, pgs 149-152

For more tips about writing dialogue, check out this article at Project Team Beta about writing realistic dialogue.

The Prompt

Write a confrontation scene between two characters that is totally comprised of dialogue.  This can be fan fiction or original fiction.  This is just a scene, not an entire story, so shoot for about 250-500 words.  Or more — the number of words isn’t as important as making your dialogue the best it can be.

Use minimal dialogue tags.  Whoever is speaking should be clear from what they say and how they say it.

Use your dialogue to provide background information and expose at least one trait about each of your two characters.

Some ideas for a conflict, or come up with your own:

  • A teen caught stealing
  • A teen learning that his father is not his biological father
  • A teen finding out that she has two months to live

– exercise taken from Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing for Young Adults, pg 154

Submitting Your Story

There are a few options for submitting your story:

  • Post it on a website such as fanfiction.netLiveJournal, your blog, etc. Be sure whatever site you choose does not require users to login in order to read your story.
  • Email the link to your story to christie.novelnovice@gmail.com.
  • If you don’t want to post your story on a website, you can email it tochristie.novelnovice@gmail.com. Please use DOC or PDF format only. If you wish to remain anonymous, please let me know when you send it (and don’t include your name in the file).
  • Stories are due by 11:59PM PST on May 14.

Breaking Dawn Read-along Chat: Chapters 2 & 3

Will you be joining us for our Breaking Dawn read-along for Chapters 2 and 3?  We’re having a chat tomorrow, March 20th at 3:00 PM Eastern (Noon Pacific).  You have to sign up in advance using this form.  Be logged into your Gmail account at 3:00 PM Eastern (Noon Pacific) to receive the invitation to the group chat.

Hope to see you there!

Breaking Dawn Read-along Chat: Chapters 2 & 3

Will you be joining us for our Breaking Dawn read-along for Chapters 2 and 3?  We’re having a chat tomorrow, March 16th at 10:30 PM Eastern (7:30 PM Pacific).  You have to sign up in advance using this form.  Be logged into your Gmail account at 10:30 PM Eastern (10:30 PM Pacific) to receive the invitation to the group chat.

Hope to see you there!

Breaking Dawn Read-along Chat, Chapters 2 & 3

Will you be joining us for our Breaking Dawn read-along for Chapters 2 and 3?  We’re having a chat tomorrow, March 9th at 2:00 PM Eastern (11:00 AM Pacific).  You have to sign up in advance using this form.  Be logged into your Gmail account at 2:00 PM Eastern (11:00 AMPacific) to receive the invitation to the group chat.

Hope to see you there!

Writing Prompt: Get Into Character, Ends Monday

Have you written your story for our February-March writing prompt?  There’s still time! Send us your stories by 11:59PM PST Monday, March 14.

The focus is writing your character — check out the details here.  Write your story from ANY fandom or create your own original characters.  We’re looking forward to reading them!

Breaking Dawn Read-along: Chapters 2&3

 

My apologies for being a few days late posting the next part of the Breaking Dawn read-along.  We would like to try something different this time, and see how it works.  Instead of doing the discussion in the comments, we want to try a live chat!

We’ve set up three live chats throughout March.  We’ll chat through GChat, so you’ll need a Gmail account in order to participate.  You’ll also need to sign up in advance so that we can invite you to the group chat.

The dates/times for these chats will be:

  • Wednesday, March 9 @ 2:00 PM Eastern (11:00 AM Pacific)
  • Wednesday, March 16 @ 10:30 PM Eastern (7:30 PM Pacific)
  • Sunday, March 20 @ 3:00 PM Eastern (Noon Pacific)

You don’t have to come to all of them, but you’re welcome to attend more than one.  We just wanted to give a variety of times in hopes that everyone who wants to participate can.

Again, please don’t forget to sign up in advance.  You can’t be invited to join the group chat if we don’t have your information!  We’ll post reminders the day before on our blog, and the day of via Twitter and Facebook.

For those who can’t attend any of the chats, the questions will be posted here next week, so you can still discuss with us via the comments.

Make sure you’ve read Chapters 2 and 3 before joining the chat, so they are fresh in your mind.