Day 12 – Michael X. Wang Challenges Your Character To Survive

Michael X. Wang Writing Prompt

The Prompt

“One Thousand and Two Arabian Nights.” Story as survival: Your protagonist tells a story within a story in order to avoid some kind of disaster.

The Author

Michael X. Wang is the author of FURTHER NEWS OF DEFEAT: Stories, a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize. His novel, LOST IN THE LONG MARCH, is forthcoming from The Overlook Press. Find him on Twitter: @MichaelXWang3

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8 thoughts on “Day 12 – Michael X. Wang Challenges Your Character To Survive”

  1. This prompt had to be held in my head for a whole day before a spark of inspiration arrived. Now it has and WOW!
    It has opened a door in my novel for some vital information to be given from a century before. It is given in a message locked in a box buried in the ruins of a monastery. It brings to life a story that has been passed down by word of mouth through the generations of my protagonist’s family.
    I have been struggling to think how I could build a bridge linking the past to my proposed ‘end’.

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