2019 Day 9 – Character Damage

How did you get on yesterday? Did you write a story?

Remember, set your own rules, and stick to them. If you miss a day, don’t try to catch up. Just keep moving forward!

The Prompt

Write A story about the childhood damage of a character you’ll write about tomorrow

Today’s story owes a lot to Lisa Cron’s book Story Genius, in which she talks about how childhood beliefs can become problems for adult characters.

Behaviors that protected your character as a child (for example, an abandoned child’s tendency to keep people at a distance, or conversely to be too clingy, doesn’t serve them well as an adult.)

Every character needs an inner conflict, to make them interesting.

Today write a vivid story about something that happened early in life to a character you’ll come back to, tomorrow.

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26 thoughts on “2019 Day 9 – Character Damage”

  1. I have written a short story about a character’s experience taken from my own childhood experience and how that shaped some of my own personality growing up. I think I will build on this for tomorrow’s prompt too:)

    1. It’s getting serious, it’s mining my childhood, which was…imperfect, like many, if not most. There was daily emotional abuse which had a huge impact on my adult life. Yes, I have coping mechanisms that helped the child and hurt the adult. Oh, wait, am I supposed to make this up? Let’s pretend I did. I love this prompt for making me go there. I also love that it’s a step towards tomorrow’s prompt. Just wrote 3 pages and rambled way too much– good stuff for a novel but I need to go back and really drill down to one specific scene that illuminates and individualizes what it felt like. Love and cheers to all y’all!

      1. Cheers to you Dawn. i too mined my past and along that line of thinking, we are discovering jewels, not to mention the therapeutic value !!

    2. I enjoyed your piece. i especially liked your opening lines, I found them strong & wanting to know more. That is something i have to work on. Was Juss a play on justice?

  2. The prompt is perfect timing! I was just watching one of Lisa Cron’s Creative live classes yesterday. Feels serendipitous.

  3. Loved this prompt. I went back to a character I created a couple days ago for my flash fiction and gave her a backstory. And it’s one I can really dig into.

  4. I wrote! I skipped the prompt today, although I love the idea. I was going through my notes from the Creativity Challenge Workbook, for motivation, and I ended up writing a story from a landscape photo my wife took a few years ago when we were dating. It’s wonderful all the associations an image can shake loose. Feeling refreshed.

    1. I find photography really sparks creativity! I may need to pull some out as writing inspiration for when I get stuck. Good job!

    2. That’s great, Kevin. Doesn’t it feel GOOOOOOD to write? Glad your notes from the Creativity Challenge Workbook were helpful.

  5. Woo hoo this is my longest streak in years! Made it through with the prompt- ended up wasting a fair bit of time looking up Old German but I got the story down of village burning down and little girl finding out her mother lied about her family. Can’t wait to revisit this Schnuckelchen!

  6. i appreciated the prompt. It was the backstory for Linnie who i began a story on this week. The problem i’m having is my character linnie from my story is age 15. Yet when i’m talking about her childhood with this prompt, I’m doing it from a grown up Linnie perspective. I know it will all come together and i’m just happy to be writing & thankful for the May challenge. i realize my piece needs alot of work and thoughtful editing. I’m definitely learning what I don’t know in the writing process and that’s a good thing.

  7. This was an unexpected result for me. The project I’ve been pulling from for these was the April Camp NaNo where the question focused on ‘Could you forgive?’ Since one of my main character’s childhood stories unfolds already, thought I’d focus on his two best friends and did not expect to find myself drawing a bit on an incident of my own. Curious as to what tomorrow’s prompt will be.

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