• Jessica Sherry

Quick Writing Prompt on Backgrounds

Pull out an old picture album. Examine the background scenery, objects, homes, strangers. Use something from the background in your story. Workshop a scene where something/someone in the background of your story takes center stage. What stands out that didn't before?

Now, pick a scene from your manuscript that needs... IDK... something. Let something in the scene's background jazz up the action without taking away from the main goals of the scene.

For example, imagine a simple dinner date scene. A busy restaurant and a young, perhaps first-date couple all dressed up and nervous. Then, enter the bumbling waiter... or irate customer... or marriage proposal at the table next door. How might one of these heighten, detour, or otherwise enhance your couple's date?

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