Last week we did hate; this week we’ll do love.
But that’s as easy as it gets, gang.
(Can you believe this? My Google image search for “love” got about 35 pictures before a dirty one!)
We all love someone or something, but how do we describe that in a character? How do we show that? Well, you’re about to find out. This week, take a random character from the random character generator and put them into a 1000 word scene where LOVE is evident.
Yep, it’s just like last week’s challenge. Except love, not hate. There’s a method to my madness. With a bunch of descriptions and stories involving descriptions of LOVE, we will have a terrific reference for those times when our story needs a love description. And here it will be.
As you read others’ essays here, you’ll see various methods of expressing these emotions. That worked pretty well with hate, and love is obvious, but the emotions will get harder as we go, so you’ll really need to test yourself in upcoming challenges, but it’ll be totally worth it! (I learned a few things reading the essays last week.)
I thought so.
What do you love? Who does your character love? How does that emotion physically manifest itself in your character’s actions? (Get your mind out of the gutter.)
There are many types of love, though. Let your character speak to you and GO THERE with that character.
Be on time; there’s a one week limit.
Here’s your random character generator (is anybody else humming “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles right now?)
Plus, as an added bonus, you get to work within a set genre. Using the magic random number generator, you’ll be writing in one of the genres listed below.
- Science Fiction
- Action Adventure
Notice that romance is not one of them! Bwahahahaha!!!
Hit the random number generator and see what setting your get for your character! (Set a range first. 1-8.)
But I’ll give you this: usually you have to stay within the parameters. This time, you can bend your character a little to fit within the genre. Because the Random Character Generator might give you a space alien and your genre might be westerns. That could be a tough fit. Or a fun read.
Or a terrific challenge.
Other than that, NO CHEATING! One spin of the wheel of fate for your character, one for the genre. Next week it will be much harder and you’ll be glad you built your writerly muscles up with these easy ones!
When you have finished, every reader should come away KNOWING that the character loved the other person or the thing or whatever; the LOVE will be obvious to everyone, regardless of the manner in which you showed it. It’s harder than you think!
You know the drill:
- Use the Random Character Generator to pick your character
- Use the Random Number Generator to get your genre
- Tell us what you got for a character and genre
- Write a story up to 1000 words that is obviously written using both the character and emotion, in the genre.
- Post your story below in the comments with a link to your blog where
- Have fun with it!
- You also post it on you blog (No blog? Just copy paste the whole thing here.)
- And mention what the heck this is so people don’t think you’ve gone schizo
- Read and comment on OTHER people’s entries. That makes it fun. Allegedly.
- You have one week. Noon Friday a week from this posting date (sunny, warm Tampa, Florida, USA time. Which is freaking cold this week.)
One more thing! Vote yes or no on this idea as a upcoming flash fiction challenge, submitted by two of our faithful readers:
The idea was to see how people referred to underwear in different scenarios, and how it varied based on genre. So, how about something like….
Random character from the generator
Numbered list of genre’s – number generator
Write about that character in the chosen genre, 500 words, but must mention two different pieces of underwear.
Thoughts on that one?
Okay, get to writing!
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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Click HERE to check out his other works.