Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Moment #85: a writing prompt for you 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. )

There's a big transition in the air. Or really, it's already happened. All the kids are back in school, the air (at least here in Seattle) is cooling down, and we're all starting to grasp and cling to routines again.

I don't know about you, but this time of year makes me crave comfort activities and foods, on Sunday night in particular. I'd guess that in most houses (tell me if I'm off here) Sundays are the most routine and predictable. Typically there's no sports practice or activities, no meetings or doctors appointments, and it's the most common day for most to be off from work.

My family has a particular Sunday night routine, and we were anxious to get it started, even though the TV season wasn't ready for us to start (we watched a re-run). Sunday nights for us usually includes a new AFV (Americas Funniest Home Videos) and dinner (usually a cheesy-meat dip with tortilla chips and fruit) in front of the TV. We get all cozied up together on the couch, with our finger-food dinner, then we laugh at people doing ridiculous things, or people taking nasty falls or smacks, or kids/animals being down-right adorable.

I suppose it's good to be getting back to that good, clean humor since most of our family giggles around the tube have been at the expense of people like this:

Oh the joy of the big balls! (Yes, I did just say that.) But if you watched any Wipeout this summer, you know what I mean. And if you didn't, you have no idea the laughter you missed out on.

AND...I'm off topic.

Let's get back on course.

We all have our own idea of what a typical Sunday night (or happening) would be, and so do our characters. I might even guess, that given our characters' current circumstances, Sunday nights may no longer be typical, but they'd recall typical.

So, what is or was a typical event or occurrence on Sunday for your character?


Unknown said...

Throwing rocks at a merry-go-round in the park. (not big rocks like big balls, but little manageable ones). Yes, I just said that.

Hope you're well, Jolie!

Can SCBWI-LA just come again already!

Martha Brockenbrough said...

Big balls, big schmalls. What on earth is she covered in?