Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sensory Elements - Writing Prompt II

This prompt continues the exploration of sensory elements in narrative development. The setting is a school cafeteria. Your MC has just walked into the cafeteria on a winter day. He also has some sort of a conflict or problem. Select one from the list below or make up your own. Set your timer for 15 minutes and write a narrative that relies mostly on what your MC hears as he goes about getting and eating his lunch. Can you use this sensory element to create tension that heightens the MC's problem, and move the narrative forward in time?

Problem or Conflict:
1. MC has OCD and is worried about how he will successfully get his lunch and eat it in the lunch period.
2. MC is avoiding his ex-girlfriend, who he can hear in the cafeteria.
3. MC is new to the school, and does not know how to navigate the cafeteria.
4. MC has a much popular younger sibling who is in the cafeteria, causing the MC much anxiety and jealousy.