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The Protagonist’s Journal – A writing prompt

Continuing our series of prompts to help novelists as well as short story writers, today I encourage you to move forward a little in your protagonist’s timeline, but still stay before the main story.

The Prompt

Write a story about the days leading up to the beginning of your novel, or your story’s big incident. Alternatively, write a journal of those days from your protagonist’s point of view.

Tips

  • Use this story to ‘brain dump’ all the stuff that your reader doesn’t want to wade through before they get to the jumping-off-point for your story.
  • You can use this knowledge to season the story later, with a light hand.
  • Remember, you can recycle these stories are freebies and giveaways to help you promote your novel and build your audience.

Don’t forget to leave a comment to let us know how you got on.

6 thoughts on “The Protagonist’s Journal – A writing prompt”

    1. The link does not open.
      What will you recommend that I do:

      1. My Y7s are studying Chinese Cinderella at the moment
      2. Their final learning review is about the protagonist’s journal.

      Please advise if there are any suitable resources that can help me to prepare my students.

      Thank you.

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