Day 2: 100 Summer Days Writing Challenge

May 28, 2013 at 10:47 pm 1 comment

Prompt #2:     Think about a character (not the protagonist) central to the plot of your story.  Write a scene from his/her perspective.  How does the scene change?  How does the tone change?  Does this perspective shift allow you to explore the conflict from a surprising or more powerful perspective?

Response:

“My big sister says we can make Cinderella do all the work. She says we don’t even have to say please or thank you. So yesterday she told her to do our chores – wash the dishes and take out the trash and feed the chickens and clean out the litter box. (I hate that job the most.) Then we just watched Cinderella do it. My big sister laughed sometimes when Cinderella made a mistake; she laughed harder when Cinderella started to cry.

My big sister says it’s not really being mean because Cinderella deserves it; deserves being treated different because, well, she’s different. Cinderella doesn’t look like us at all – she has blond hair instead of brown and she’s way too tall and she’s got big hands too. She doesn’t talk the way we do either, and I don’t even think she can read the same books we do. My big sister says that means she’s stupid. So whatever we do to her is o.k. My big sister said so.

But –

You won’t tell her, will you? My big sister? You won’t tell her I really don’t think it’s o.k? I don’t want her to find out I don’t think it’s funny. I think it’s mean; I think my big sister is mean. She can’t know I don’t like what she does to Cinderella. I think she’d be mad at me if she found out I kinda like Cinderella, if she found out I’d like to be her friend …. if my big sister would let us.

You won’t tell her, right? She might be mean to me and then I’d be alone, too.”

  1. 11:00 PM / ~35 minutes
  2. Mood: Ready!
  3. Reminder: Don’t think; write. No editing. No questioning. Permission granted to fail on the page.

 

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Entry filed under: Bullying Prevention, Noodling Around -- New Stories, Steering the Craft_Writing Exercises, Teaching Artist. Tags: , , , , , .

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Donna L. Sadd  |  May 29, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    She’s a BAAAAD sister! Sometimes it takes guts to make friends. Great post. :0)

    Reply

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