Jan. 26 Writing Prompt

Good evening, fellow writers, authors and word slingers. I do hope you are well and excited about today’s prompt.

Today is a fairly straight forward and simple writing, and I want you to enjoy it. Spend a little time on it, and… do it alone.

You won’t see an example form from me today (maybe I will redo it when the year rolls around again, yes?)

While it is important to get in the habit of writing, sometimes real-life and other aspects of our world get in the way. No one is going to whip you with a cat o’nine-tails if you don’t work your magic every single day.

Get to Work
Angry Penguin says you must keep working

That said, I won’t be mad if you decide to skip over this prompt, too.

Let’s take a look at what it is, shall we?


January 26

Write a scene where one of your characters dies.


Death is a part of life. And whether you write true crime, horror, or Nicholas Sparks style romances, someone will eventually die in your stories.

If you have never written a death scene it can be daunting. For the seasoned pros out there that love to “kill your darlings,” you may be chomping at the bit to get started.

Here is what you should keep in mind:

  • Role of the dead character. Are they a major part of the book or a minor character?
  • Effect on the story after their death. Will this cause a biog shift in your story arc or is it just something that happens?
  • Why does it matter to the reader? If this is a major character, that can be answer enough. Otherwise, why does this death scene matter?
  • What reaction do you hope to extract from your audience? Do you want them to cry? Do you want them angry? Perhaps they shouldn’t be surprised anymore?

You see, answering these four questions (about any part of the store, really) will help you know how much to write. For example, if the death is to a character you haven’t even named that only appears in the scene just to die, (a car wreck, etc.) then it doesn’t need to be too detailed, right?

That character isn’t vital to the plot or story arc. However, if it is a character that has a major role in the story, has been with us for quite a while, then it will matter.

You will need to give reason, have answers ready and be able to use the death scene to push the story forward even further.

So, think about your death scene, answer the questions and show us what you can come up with. Will you make us cry or even laugh?

Post what you create in the comment section below!

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