“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”
Well if that isn’t a loaded quote, I don’t know what is! It made me laugh, think and created quite a visual.
Typical Mark Twain.
As a writer, it says one thing to me: nothing gets the job done like conflict. Serious, cat-scratch stingin’, bloody conflict…figuratively speaking, of course.
“Most fiction suffers from not enough conflict, not too much. With every book and every scene, ask yourself ‘what would make this worse?'”
Yup, carrying a cat by the tail definitely makes a situation worse.
Which brings me to this week’s challenge. No, not making your cat or any other animal miserable (I’d pinch your head off if I ever got wind of that!).
Writer’s Challenge #3:
Write a scene rife with conflict. It could be the first page of a book or a turning point later in the story. Remember that the emotional stakes need to be high: A loner who is a secret agent with a death wish on a dangerous mission isn’t going to pull the reader in as much as one who has family and friends waiting at home.
Illustrator’s Challenge #3:
Once again, Susan Detwiler has offered a winning challenge. Create a character who is very upset and another who is trying to soothe him.
Remember you can do these challenges any time. All we ask is that you comment on each challenge post that you have indeed completed it. It’s not necessary to share your work, but we certainly welcome it!
Happy writing and illustrating!