[Ooo, I’m particularly excited about this one. This is a challenging prompt but one that should yield some great stories, since character and conflict are at the heart of the story – JD]
The Energy of Passions & Obsessions
You become what you think about all day long.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Passions and obsessions are great starting points for stories. So what if a character has a passion or obsession but the character has extreme difficulty fulfilling that dream. For example, a character could have an extreme passion with exotic birdwatching, but he can’t fulfill his greatest wish because he is a poor child living in a big city. What does the character do to fulfill his obsession? What happens to the character when he can’t? What does the fulfillment of the obsession or passion mean to the character?
Heidi Durrow is the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin Books) which won the PEN/Bellwether Prize. She is the founder of the Mixed Remixed Festival, an annual film & book festival in Los Angeles.
5 thoughts on “[Guest Prompt] Heidi Durrow – Passions”
I combined this with the 2000 word count prompt to further overall story development from my last three shorts. I have to format the blog post and edit later… this one almost whooped me, but it got done! ; )
Oh, I loved mine. Passionately! =)
Great prompt. Appeals to my dark side. You can check it out at http://sarahcain78.com.
well that was a little dark. A good prompt. Passion and Obsession are certainly things to generate a good story.
I could t agree more!