Have you ever planned to do something and then had those plans fall apart? I have, and many amazing book characters have too.
Just yesterday, I planned to go on a day trip to Ligonier, PA to do some research for a chapter book series I want to write. I was fine in the morning, started to feel unwell during the three-hour drive to Ligonier, and arrived just in time to throw up. My traveling companion graciously agreed to turn right around and drove me home.
Your writing challenge for the next two weeks is to write a short story or scene(s) in which your protagonist planned to accomplish something (it could be saving the world or going to the grocery store), and the plan majorly failed. Below are a few things to consider when writing your short story or scene(s):
- Why did the plan fail?
- Why was the plan important to the protagonist?
- How does the protagonist feel about and react to the failure?
- How do the other characters feel about and react to the failure?
- Can the protagonist save or fix the situation? Does he/she act on his/her ability? Why or why not?