The third book in The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey series is coming out soon. The novel reminds me of the movie Red Dawn. They are both stories of invasions and children fighting back. In the newest Red Dawn it’s the Koreans. In The 5th Wave the enemy is aliens who look like us. It’s incredible how one story can be recycled into something new and exciting.
There are a few basic story lines. Characters want love, revenge, to be successful.If you think about any novels you’ve read the characters want one or all the above. Write a story about an invasion. You can make it a historical event or whatever you want. Just place your character in the middle of an invasion from an outside enemy.
How does your character handle it and does anyone help your character with this problem? Be creative and have some fun.
Write a story about a countdown. What are you counting down to? Is it a countdown to the last day of school? Maybe it’s a countdown to when an alien ship will reach the earth or maybe a countdown to when the mysterious virus has affected everyone around you will get you too. Maybe this countdown forces you to fight and find a cure.
The “ticking clock” in stories helps to add tension. Think about Trish in Divergent. She only had a limited amount of time to succeed and if she failed she would be factionless. The novel Life as We Knew it also had a countdown as an asteroid traveling towards the moon would cause devastation on the Earth.
Write a story about a student who is gifted. This student may be a gifted dancer, musician, artist, or athlete. Write a story about their struggle to be the best at what they love. Don’t forget to include his/her struggles. Without struggles we won’t connect with them and they attempt to achieve greatness.
Summer break is approaching and it’s time to set your writing goals. If you live near an independent bookstore like Watchung Bookers in Montclair, NJ. YOu should check out their summer programs for teens. If not check on al my past blog posts. I have four years of writing prompts and book reviews for you to check out.
Don’t make a goal that will give you pressure. It’s summertime so you need to relax. My goal is to write a draft of my new book. I hope a three hour a day goal can get me there. I also want to go back to my writing roots and write a screenplay. What are your summer writing goals? The Writer’s Circle in Summit NJ is hosting a summer workshop series for young writer and they have excellent students and teachers.
They were chasing me so I ran to the train yards. There were trains coming in and going so I knew that I could buy myself some time. I ran to one of the ones that was leaving and discovered that the door was unlocked. I pulled hard then threw myself inside the car and closed the door.
The train traveled for hours. Luckily I had a bottle of water with me and half a sandwich left over from lunch.
Where is this character going? Who is coming after her? Where did she get off? And more importantly what’s next?
Write a story about a girl who has this writing on her hands. What is her name? Why does she write these words on her hands?
I have been so busy I haven’t been able to catch up on my posts. Here’s a post for today. Sorry it’s late.
Write a story about a girl who gets lost in the woods and is almost attacked by a bear. The bear bites her and transfers her powers to the girl. What kind of power does the bear have? How does this change reveal itself?
Write a poem using the alphabet. Here’s an example.
At night my mind wanders causing me to lose sleep.
Because it’s filled with the worries of the day.
Clearing my mind is difficult.
During those times of worry.
You continue on using the first next letter of the alphabet.
Here’s something for screenwriters.
Each year, the Academy ( as in the folks who sponsor the Oscars ) Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five $35,000 fellowships to amateur screenwriters. To enter, submit a feature-length screenplay and entry fee via the online application. Fellowship winners are invited to take part in awards week ceremonies and seminars and expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year so this one is for older writers but I will be posting information for young screenwriters/filmmakers.
Now, although this is not specifically for teens but Nicki Reed wrote her first screenplay for the movie Thirteen when she was only thirteen and she even starred in the film.
The online application form must be completed and a PDF version of the script uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on May 1.
Write a poem about your “bucket list”.
My bucket list is comprised of:
Living in Los Angeles by the beach (done)
Living in New York (done)
Hiking to Machu Picchu
Living in a foreign country
Learning to surf
Driving across the country
Being a best selling writer
Living in Brooklyn
Going to Austin, Oregon, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Hawaii
Traveling around the world some places include Morocco, China, Thailand, Japan, South Africa, Italy, Malta, Greece, Paris, France, Amsterdam, Prague, Peru, Costa Rica, Egypt (I’m sure there are a few more to add to the list)