1. Published on Amazon? If you have a book, e-book, or audiobook available on Amazon.com, we'll promote it on WritingForums.org for free. Simply add your book to our Member Publications section. Add your book here or read the full announcement.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
  1. coolie96

    coolie96 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2011
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    here.

    Working off a Required Prompt

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by coolie96, Mar 7, 2011.

    I have a prompt as the exposition of a mystery story required in the final copy, but the exposition does not fit my style or my idea of a plot. How can I deal with this problem?
     
  2. minstrel

    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    9,106
    Likes Received:
    5,437
    Location:
    Near Los Angeles
    Can you explain in more detail? What do you mean by "prompt"? And why doesn't the exposition fit your style? Why are you being forced to use material you don't choose yourself? Is this a school assignment or something like that?
     
  3. Elgaisma

    Elgaisma Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,337
    Likes Received:
    95
    If it is a work of fiction you can take that prompt and tailor it to your style - unless you are writing murder mystery games for company etc and they have expectations.

    Give it your own spin. Prompts are usually fairly vague. Just come up with a character and start writing.
     
  4. Porcupine

    Porcupine Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2011
    Messages:
    346
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    This is what I did when faced with such a problem back in school: I simply completely derailed the story in an outrageous way to make it suit my own style of writing. The result was great.
     
  5. Islander

    Islander Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2008
    Messages:
    1,542
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Sweden
    So a "prompt" is a writing assignment with certain requirements on content?
     
  6. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    19,316
    Likes Received:
    1,018
    Location:
    Coquille, Oregon
    as noted above, we need more info...
     
  7. coolie96

    coolie96 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2011
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    here.
    It is required for a pre-written page to be included and used preferrably as the exposition (referred to as both exposition and prompt.) The rest is up to the writer. I was struggling with creating a plot to go along with the page (written from the perspective of a early teen) and still keep it uniquely me.

    I have an idea now of how I can complete it.
     
  8. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    35,953
    Likes Received:
    2,072
    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    A prompt of this type is a challenge. If it forces you out of your comfort zone, that's generally a GOOD thing.
     
  9. Elgaisma

    Elgaisma Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,337
    Likes Received:
    95
    Or you can cheat and make the question/prompt fit your comfort zone lol I've often done that with academic work and now do it when I play with the plot generators.

    Take the question turn it inside out, back to front and make it work for you. This also a useful skill especially when faced with an exam question etc Also often allows you to hand in a piece of work that stands out.
     
  10. Leonardo Pisano

    Leonardo Pisano Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2011
    Messages:
    453
    Likes Received:
    13
    One way is to treat the mandatory text as a part of a letter found, prompting the reader to go on a quest.... or some other action. You have then freed yourself from much of the boundaries, I guess, but whether the idea is feasible will depend on the actual text....
     

Share This Page