Day 8: Mapping Out Writing Time: Elation, Ruin and Grace

It took less than 50 seconds before Taylor Swift’s big moment over winning MTV’s VMA Top Female Video Award was ruined, right in the middle of her acceptance speech. In one gracious move, during her own winning moment for Video of the Year, Beyonce gave the grateful 19-year-old a second chance. A brilliant move and a gracious act of kindness.

Which act will you remember more–the repugnant behavior OR the incredible grace that lifted a teen up?

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: We don’t have control over many situations. Write a scene where it’s time for your protagonist’s Big Moment, ie: first date, first kiss, prom queen, scholarship, award, contest, etc. Create the anticipation, the agony of the wait, the hopes and fears, the competition, and let the scene unfold. Emotion and tension should fill the pages. Is your protagonist a good winner/loser? Or a bad winner/loser? Happy Writing!

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Vivian Lee Mahoney

Consider yourself warned: I write books about rebels. I'm also a postergirlz for readergirlz, a literary advisory group for teens. Who knew going back to the teenage years would be so rewarding?

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