“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain
If your dad is anything like mine, you know how true this quote is. My dad is funny, charismatic, and has a mischievous streak, but he’s also thoughtful, helpful, and supportive. This great combination resulted in some really amazing birthday parties!
I often take events from my own life and alter them (subtly or outrageously) to enhance my writing, especially my picture books. In honor of Father’s Day, think back on a favorite dad memory. Then, do the following:
Write out the event like a scene from a play, short story, chapter book, or novel.
- Exaggerate events to make the scene hilarious.
- Exaggerate events to make the scene tragic.
- Exaggerate events to make the scene suspenseful.
Choose which version of exaggerated events you like best and use that as the creative springboard to write the rest of the play, short story, chapter book, or novel.
Happy writing and happy Father’s Day!