I like alliteration. So I've decided every Wednesday I'll find a writing prompt and write something based on the prompt. I'll post both the prompt and what I've written here and will invite anyone who wants to to take the challenge themselves. So for the first ever Writing Prompt Wednesday let's see what the prompt will be...
Today's writing prompt is a dialogue prompt.
"Have you still got your blindfold on?"
His voice came from where he was tied up behind me.
"Promise me you won't take it off."
If this dialogue has sparked your imagination, go write right now. Then come back an post what you wrote in the comments section. If what you wrote is too long to post in a comment, just post your favorite excerpt.
If you'd like to read what I wrote, read on.
I am a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn. When I first saw Breakfast at Tiffany's I did not understand all the little nuances of her profession but I could still feel the magic of the movie. The magical character of Holly Golightly swept me up and she apparently swept up the main character of Mitchell Kriegman's novel, Being Audrey Hepburn. In this coming-of-age story, Lisbeth is a girl from New Jersey who seems to be the only responsible one in her family. Her mother is an alcoholic nurse, her sister is dropping out of college, and her younger brother is a juvenile delinquent who plays too much World of "Warcrack." Her Nan and mother do not get along and Lisbeth is a lot more like her Nan than anyone else in her family. They both love Audrey Hepburn and Lisbeth escapes her world by holing up in her closet and watching Hepburn's movies, mostly Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Research might be my favorite part of a new story. I'm one of those weirdos you knew in high school who didn't groan at the thought of writing a research paper. If you were that way then, high-five! and welcome to the club. If you didn't enjoy it, I don't know what to tell you. Maybe I'll have to write a post for you later.
I have this idea for a story forming in my head. The characters are slowly revealing themselves to me through their drink choices, and their chosen occupations. One of them is a waitress in a bar. The other is a psychology major.
My biggest problems are that I have never actually been to a bar and I am not a psych major. I have a friend who is but I do not quite know where to start researching the life of a psychology major. The bar research was easy. I looked up different alcoholic drinks and what they said about that person. I have also seen many bar settings on TV shows and movies. I can definitely wing the setting for the first draft of this story.
However, I want my characters to feel alive from the beginning so that the editing process is not painful. I hate trying to bring flat characters to life. CPR will not work on a person who was dead from the beginning.
So I am feeling the need to research my psych major. He wants to go into behavioral analysis. I know nothing about behavioral analysis or what it takes to become one. I also have no idea what a psych major's train of thought is like or what they study in classes. I have a vague idea about what they study, because my creative writing major means I take a lot of English classes and somehow these overlap. I've heard of Zimbardo's Standford prison experiment as well as Milgram's electric shock experiment. Those two are the ones I have read about or watched videos for repeatedly. Others I am not as familiar with, such as Pavlov, whose name I know, but I don't really know why.
With all of this overwhelming me, where do I start? How do I know when I've done enough research? How can I recognize when I am simply using research to procrastinate on writing?
K. A. Jairl
My name is Kim and I'm glad you stopped by. This is where I post my triumphs and my downfalls as I fight the good fight of being a writer mom everyday.