What would Jane Eyre do if she had to save Mr. Rochester by traveling through a tesseract to a distant planet, as in a WRINKLE IN TIME?
How would Harry Potter battle cancer, both emotionally and physically, if he took Toby Steiner’s place in DEFIANCE?
Susan, you have got to stop writing these challenges during Happy Hour. Your crazy comes out.
Hate to break it to you, friends – I’m as sober as a judge. And maybe a bit crazy. But that’s what these exercises are for – to let it go, go a little crazy, and write. To explore the ‘What If?’.
Okay…so you want us to write a new novel?
Of course not! I may be crazy, but I’m not sadistic.
I want you to write flap copy (aka jacket copy). You know, those three or four paragraphs on the inside flap of a book cover that sells the story. It also includes author information, though you don’t have to do that part unless you want to! Grab a few books and read the flap copy to give you an idea of how to write one. Also, check out the blogs Pen and Prose and A Publisher’s Perspective for pointers. And just for fun, read Flap Rules.
Writing Exercise #8/Conference Challenge #4
Take a character from a novel or picture book – anyone you choose – and put him or her in another book. How would that character handle the conflict of the story? What limitations would they have? As you can guess, the possibilities are endless. Now, write the flap copy for that new book.
Illustrating Exercise #8/Conference Challenge #4
Illustrate the cover for the above book.
Let your mind go and have fun!!