Writing Prompt Project – Day 2

I had a blast writing yesterday’s prompt, and am really looking forward to the coming weeks. My sister blew me away with her story (I would totally read the crap out of it if it were a book), and if you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s at http://www.concreteorchid.com.

Writing Prompt Project – Day 2 – Tell about a character who lost something important to him/her.

This is a very broad question. In almost every story, in nearly every genre, somebody, somewhere, has lost something. That’s what makes a good story. The “great loss”, and the inevitable quest to recover that which is lost. What’s a timeless love story without loss? What’s a sports story without a big loss? Or an action/adventure story without a bit of loss? That key element gives a tale a profound meaning, and draws a story together like Elmer’s glue. Life itself is full of losses and gains, ups, and downs. It’s everywhere. W. Somerset Maugham wrote one of my all time favorite books, ‘The Razor’s Edge’, and in it, the main character, Larry Darrell, loses touch with the life that he knew before going off to war. He was a soldier in WWI, and returned home polarized by his experiences. He was no longer interested in the glitz and glamour of the social scene, but was rather dead set on discovering the true meaning of life. His loss was also his gain, as he turned the trauma of his wartime struggles into a journey of self discovery. He teaches us that in life, there’s much to be gained from loss; it’s one of the all time great lessons that we can experience.

One comment

  1. gypsy11

    I too am excited about this 30 day challenge! I love reading your blog whenever you share, but its not enough for me. So now, everyday for 30 days I get to look forward to reading your writings.

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