Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Moment #58: a writing prompt for your work-in-progress

(If you’ve already read this then skip past all the italicized blah-di-blah and start writing.) Monday Moments are writing prompts for your work-in-progress. They are questions that come from my experiences and are my favorite way to find out more about my characters. I find I learn a lot. Some of it I use. Some of it I don’t. But I always, always get to know my character(s) better just by answering the question. I hope you do too. )

Yesterday I went back in time.

The fam loaded up in the minivan (oh yeah), hopped on a ferry, and hit our old stomping ground to see friends.

We haven't lived on the Eastside (Seattle suburbia) for many, many years.

There was a strange mix of emotions: funny and sweet to point out to our girlies the spot mommy and daddy shared their first kiss and the spot where we got engaged; a true sense of arrested development as we pointed to where we went to Junior High (me, for only 9th grade, the worst school-year of my life); fondness as we drove by my old house that now looks so much smaller; a flood of memories as we took the same drive, the one I took many times, to my hubby's house on a street he said look so much shorter now; and joy as a bunch of kids from high school, all now grown, watched their kids play together in the park.

What "spot" has your character revisited from their past and how do they feel about it?


Jane Makuch said...

What a great way to get your YA voice refueled. I know I love when I visit the hometown of my characters...even if only in my head!

Beverley BevenFlorez said...

I just recently discovered your blog. What a great idea to have a day devoted to writing prompts. I'll definitely be stopping by again. :)

Cuppa Jolie said...

Jane - So, so nice to see you here. :)

Beverley - Welcome! Thank you so much. I look forward to you stopping by again.