I’m going back to last October for this week’s challenge and making a bit of a change in what I asked you then.
The challenge was to: Make your protagonist a genius in one respect and a near simpleton in some other way.
Nearly everyone (me too) wrote about someone who was gifted in some respect, but had some other qualities that made them less than perfect neighbors. We’re going to turn that around this week as we develop a character.
I want you to focus on the average person who, for some reason (that you provide in your story), displays a moment of brilliance not expected from him/her.
This Week’s Challenge:
Use prose or poetry (fiction, nonfiction, or essay) to develop a character who is as normal as anyone might define that term and then... have that same character say or do something that is brilliant in response to some stimulus.
What’s normal? That’s for you to decide and define.
What’s brilliant? See question above.
What stimulus? See questions above.
Although I didn’t ask for it, this challenge lends itself well to an anthropomorphic character.
Watch Out For:
Your character should be average or normal. It’s on your shoulders to convince us of that.
Your character must do something that appears beyond his/her/its capability. Again, you have to convince us.
This was a cool week for responses. I'll point out that these writers worked hard to make these submissions and it would be courteous of you to take a look at them.
SWE, 01/05/2013--In January, then--Poem by sarah leanne
January Seventh (Saturday Writing Essential) by Len Maxwell
January satwe jan 5/13 by karen vaughan
Happy New Year! (Saturday Writing Essential): Take it Somewhere Else by Stacey (Jesus is coming soon-are you ready? ) U.
26 January 1788 - A Fibonacci Poem for Austrialia Day - SatWE, January by Irina Dimitric
Weekly reminder: Don't forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida's article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.
- Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.
Challenge: Use prose or poetry (fiction, nonfiction, or essay) to develop a character who is as normal as anyone might define that term and then... have that same character say or do something that is brilliant in response to some stimulus.
- There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
- Post to Gather Writing Essential.
- Tag your submission with SatWE.
- Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
- I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.