Day 20: Mapping Out Writing Time: Offering an Olive Branch

Thanks, Everyone, for your comments on last week’s post. Man, it was a tough few days, trying to keep Spy Girl from obsessing over her hurt. But, as we all knew would happen, Spy Girl survived feeling left out. Nothing like just turning 11 and feeling like your world is turned upside down.

However, a good thing came from all this. One of Spy Girl’s friends, L, later told her she was sorry. L and company didn’t think other kids would be upset. She promised to include Spy Girl in other group activities.

The pressure is on. I must be sure Spy Girl has fun plans for the next half-day of school. After all this, I’d hate to see her face when I say, “No,” when she asks to go into town with her friends. Unsupervised. Sigh.

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: Your MC will experience more than her share of conflict and perhaps hurt feelings, before the end of her story. Write a scene where a peace offering is made, either by your protagonist or another character. Is this a sincere gesture? One made from guilt? Or is there a sinister motive behind this? What does your MC feel about this–belief, uncertainty, relief, wariness, etc.? Overall, is the peace offering a good thing? Or a band-aid? Be sure to work in the appropriate conflict and emotion through dialogue and action. Good luck!

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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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