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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Writing Prompt: Stupid Things You Did As A Teen

By Marilyn Friedman

It was so busy at Writing Pad last week! On Thursday night, we had a full house at our Short Story Panel with Ben Loory, Mary Otis, and Amelia Gray. It was such an inspiring event! One of my favorite moments was when Ben Loory said that when he submits a story for publication, he tries to remind himself that a rejection letter only means that he's one step closer to getting published. I really admire his positive attitude and will try to remember that when sending out my own work. I'm not going to lie. It's going to be tough!

On Friday, Brian Finkelstein, Courtney Kocak, Juanita Mantz, Kris Crenwledge, and Molly Fite rocked the house at our Storytelling Essay Showcase. Their essays were so funny and moving! What is that I hear? My dear, there's no need to be jealous that you weren't the one dazzling the audience last Friday! You too can learn how to craft a gripping story and perform it flawlessly without notes next Thurs., May 2nd with Brian at Storytelling Bootcamp. He'll teach you how to improv like a pro, have spot-on timing, and seamlessly weave in callbacks while unearthing a new story that you didn't even know was there. Soon, you'll impress even the crankiest judges at The Moth. The last section of this class sold out--so hurry!

Then on Saturday, I got a really bad cold so I missed the LA Times Book Fair and most of the luxurious weekend of writing I'd planned for myself. Boo! But I'm finally recovered after a lot of soup, tea and rest.

Now that I've returned to the land of the fully functioning, I want to invite you to join me this Friday night at Growing Up, Finding Love, Letting Go: Exploring The YA Novel. This event features successful YA novelists Francesca Lia Block (30+ published YA novels incl. “Dangerous Angels” series), Lauren Strasnick (“Nothing Like You”, ALA Quick Pick), Robin Benway (“The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June”, Publisher Weekly’s Starred Reviews), and will be moderated by award-winning children's book writer Antonio Sacre ("My Name Is Cool", CA Readers Book Collections for School Libraries).

Award-winning novelist Francesca Lia Block
Learn how to create believable tales of teenage angst loved by readers of all ages! YA is the hot new genre so it's worth revisiting those painful teenage memories. Besides, the event is only $5 and includes snacks and sangria. The writing prompt at the bottom of this post is inspired by this event.

Below are the latest class offerings, followed by a free writing prompt! It's the last prompt of the month so share a story to be entered into the March/April contest for a free class.

April/May Events:
 Classes Starting May 1 -6:
Emmy-nominated writer and Moth host Brian Finkelstein

Other Classes:

Creative Writing/Multi-Genre
Journalism/Web Writing
Writing For Actors

Writing Prompt:
In honor of our young adult fiction literary panel coming up this week, I wanted to help you to start channeling your inner teenager. Make a list of three stupid things you did as a teenager or kid (or that your fictional character did). Pick one. Now include a sensory detail (e.g. smell, taste, sound, touch). Now write about the stupid thing you did for 10 minutes, making sure to include the sensory detail.

I grew up in a really strict household so I was pretty much a goody two shoes, but I did once take my mother's precious Chrysler Le Baron without her permission to have lunch with a friend. I landed myself in huge trouble because I got caught. How? I overheated the car and was about an hour late picking my Mom up at work. I couldn't call her because this was before the age of cell phones. She was livid. What did you do that you wish you hadn't?

Tell us about a time you did something stupid as a teen or kid. Don't forget to share the results of your 10 minute write in the comments of this blog to be entered in the contest for a free class! It's the last prompt for the March/April comment contest!


Renate Smith said...

Considering my rebellious years didn't begin until I was 25, I have sparse mischief to pull from. However, I do recall an incident when I was 13. I was obsessed with both the movie and the book of " The Outsiders " and decided to experiment with coifs in said novel and film. It didn't occur to me that these were NOT unisex hairstyles and so I proceeded with my plan. I'd established an affinity for whittling and, after awhile, wood didn't cut it. I unsheathed my pocketknife and began sawing at my hair. Assymetry was a thing to aspire to, and so, I gathered, this would catapult me into follicular popularity. I finished with my avant gardening skills as I heard my mother without the expected envious glee. My universal makeover was done.

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Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, there were plenty of things we did when we were teens. The novel is great. I was just about to look for something to read. It has been awhile since I read anything really good. Thanks for sharing, I appreciate it. I just love things, which are inspired by true stories or events. By the way, just in case you need someone to write your essay like I did back in the days, Type an Essay Online: Who Can Assist? I was asking and got a reply. Thanks again. Excellent job!

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