Writing Prompt Week 14


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It has been a really long time since I have posted writing prompts, but something struck me the other day as I was switching back and forth between my protagonists point of view and my antagonist that I just had to share.

So this week’s prompt is:

What if at the critical juncture of your story your protagonist made a choice that took him or her down the other path? The path that leads to the “darkside,” or just him not doing what he ended up doing.

Not sure what I am talking about? Here are a couple of examples:

  • What if Han had decided that Luke and Obi Wan were more valuable to him if he just turned them over to the Empire?
  • What if Tanyth Fairport (Ravenwood By Nathan Lowell) had decided that it might benefit her more to help “Dandy Andy?”
  • I like to think about Anakin Skywalker here, he was put in some pretty impossible situations, but what it he had made the “right choice,” and fought against the power that was drawing him to the dark side.

    So the writing prompt really is; take a few moments and lead your protagonist down the other path. Or your antagonist down the “right” path. What happens to the story? Could the two of them even switch places?

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