Writing Prompt for Saturday 11/26/16

Your Daily Writing Prompt

Character Development Writing PromptThis week, we have been working on character development. Each Sunday, we start on a new prompt theme for the week. Read our opening post for this week’s prompts here.

Today is the last day of our character development writing prompts.

Conflict sucks. Need I say more? Probably, because why not confront you about your feelings about conflict? Did that last sentence make you feel uncomfortable? It did me.

If it makes you feel any better, our characters don’t like conflict, either, which is why readers love them. Readers watch characters experience conflict and thereby learn conflict resolution skills, or at the very least, readers learn what happens when someone isn’t good at addressing conflict. Without conflict, you run the risk of boring your readers.

Let’s face it, reading is an easier way to learn conflict resolution skills than experiencing the conflict ourselves. A 2013 study by two social psychologists revealed how literary fiction builds empathy in readers and empathy is essential to conflict resolution. According to a March 2016 study by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in collaboration with the Center for Empathy in International Affairs showed that empathy is an essential tool to resolve conflict and to ensure the sustainability of peace.

Today, we will examine our character’s conflict resolution skills.

Today’s prompt: 

Fiction Writers: Write about how your character feels when they experience conflict. How do they handle conflict? What dynamics/personal motivations is your character unaware of when it comes to the conflict in their lives?

Memoir Writers: Write about how you feel when you experience conflict. How do you handle conflict? What dynamics and personal motivations were you unaware of when it came to some of the major conflicts in your life?

You can post your daily writing exercises in the comments section of the blog post if you’d like or you can post on our Facebook group. Or you can keep them to yourself. It’s all fine with me.

Go forth and write,

Nicole

Remember:

  • You can write about yourself or apply these prompts to your character.
  • It’s okay to change personal pronouns (he to she or she to I, etc.)
  • You don’t have to follow the prompt exactly; it’s more important that you get words on the page today.
  • You can get these daily writing prompts a couple of different ways:

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