Welcome to Tuesday Quick-Write! Got your keyboard or pencil ready? Today, guest author Miriam Forster talks about the magic of the unexpected – and flipping your story!
Miriam Forster learned to read at the age of five, wrote her first story at the age of seven and has been playing with words ever since. Her debut novel, CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS is being published by HarperCollins. In her daily life, Miriam is a wife, a terrible housekeeper and a dealer of caffeine at a coffee shop. In her internal life, she imagines fight scenes, obsesses about anthropology, nature shows and British television, and reads far too many books. Learn more at her website: http://msforster.blogspot.com/
One of the things that sparks a good story is the conjunction of unlikely elements. And one of the best ways to create that spark is to take an essential aspect of your story and flip it. That’s what today’s prompt is about.
Step One: Pick your favorite fairy tale.
Step Two: Flip all the genders.
(If you’re using these prompts to help a work in progress, try flipping the gender of one of your primary characters instead.)
Step Three: Write a paragraph or two from a flipped character’s perspective.
This also works with plot, (What if the princess from Sleeping Beauty was cursed to stay awake for a hundred years?) and setting. (What would a Snow White tale look like set in Alaska? What if Rapunzel took place in Australia?)
Flipping is a great writing exercise because it instantly opens up the story possibilities and gets your brain thinking outside the box. More importantly, flipping is just plain fun.
Ready…Set…Flip! Be sure to stop back and let us know in the comments what you discover today.