When I first started this blog, I had just attended a writing conference where Little Brown editor Jennifer Hunt spoke. She recommended practicing the craft by reading news articles or watching documentaries that involved kids and then writing a YA or MG scene inspired by the article or documentary. I loved the idea and decided I would do it weekly as a fun creative exercise.
And now, months later, I begin.
Each Monday, I’ll post the article I’ll be using as my inspiration. If you want to play along, and I hope you do, you can either use the same article (I think it would be fun to see how different the end product is) or pick another article that came out in the past week. On Friday we’ll post our results — be sure to share the link to yours in the comments!
I’ve done a few of these on my own, and it’s always been fun to see where the story leads me. It helps me to explore characters and issues I never would have thought to before. Maybe one of these days I’ll find a character I’d like to spend a novel with.
This week I’m doing a YA scene using this article as my inspiration: http://bit.ly/gLGvNj
Thanks for playing!