Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Message From the Stomach Writing Prompt

Someone asked me, "Can you write from the gut?"

How is that different from writing from the heart? How can the stomach guide a character's actions and behaviors? So, here's the prompt:

You haven't eaten all day, your stomach is in knots and you're shaking from hunger. Oh, and you're a thirteen-year old girl who ditched school just before lunchtime to hang with her boyfriend, only he never showed up. Your mom texted you, saying she knows you're not in school and that you better get yourself home to face the consequences pretty quick. Only you're not sure you want to go home. You want to know what happened to the boyfriend. Was he ever your boyfriend? Write for 10-15 minutes about where you are going, what you're going to do when you get there, and write from your hungry, aching gut.