Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: Character Analysis: The I Want It Now Blues

Remember Veruca Salt in WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY? This spoiled young girl wanted everything–a golden ticket, an Oompa Loompa, a golden goose, the golden egg–ALL RIGHT NOW!!

Not everyone knows what they want. Sometimes it’s wrapped up in immediate gratification or based on current trends. Or maybe it’s reflected in the mood of the day.

There’s a certain level of respect, albeit a very thin one, we should offer Veruca, as she absolutely without a doubt knew what she wanted, how to articulate it, and by the way, if you didn’t understand, it was all to be delivered RIGHT now. Yes, she was extreme and yes, she did fall on unfortunate circumstances, but she had her moments to shine and exploited used them to her advantage.

It’s hard to wait for the things we most want. It’s even harder when you’re young, when patience is a foreign word, and you believe you deserve the world. Think about this as you discover what your MC wants most and how to get this to happen in your story.

Hey, even better, use the following Magic Questions. Proceed with caution…if used properly, you’ll find your story transformed. If not, you’ll have one cluster@#$#.

REMEMBER These Magic Questions

  • What does your character want most?
  • What is the main thing that will drive your MC to reach her goal?
  • What kinds of things will your protagonist do to get what he wants?
  • When push comes to shove, what makes your character reach into inner reserves to get what she wants?
  • How does this influence others around him?
  • What IF…?

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your MC finds resistance when acting upon desires. I know, I know. Your manuscript needs to be built with scenes like this. So, get writing! Before writing each scene, remember to ask yourself the questions I’ve noted above. These questions are magic. They will drive your story forward and help create a compelling character AND intriguing plot.

Come on. Try it!

Make your words count!

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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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