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Monday Sparks — Writing Prompts: YA Historical Fiction

teenagerw-349981_1280One of the perks of writing YA fiction is that you can write in any genre as along as your main character is a teen. This photo caught my attention because it looks like it was taken a hundred years ago, and about 1925, my grandfather severally injured his hand as a teenager. He was firing a muzzleloader that someone had overloaded with gunpowder, and it blew up. He lost the index finger on one hand. His father didn’t think he would be able to use his hand, which had serious consequences on a farm.

He should have know my grandfather better. He was the hardest working person I’ve ever known. The doctor told him the exercises he needed to do to regain strength and mobility in his hand. He did them no matter how much it hurt. As an adult, he ran a farm, mined coal, and eventually researched businesses for Dunn and Bradstreet.

What story do you imagine for this character?

Monday Sparks — Writing Prompts: What’s the Story?

teenagerw-959125_1280This month’s theme is Young Adult fiction. The Sparks will be photos that can ignite a Young Adult story.

What’s the story in the photo above? Who are these kids? Why is there only one girl with eleven boys? With the kids all looking the same age and standing around in the woods, they remind me of my trail group that I led when I chaperoned my oldest and 150 classmates at sixth grade camp for three days. Although making a group of one girl with eleven 12-year-old boys seems cruel. I can imagine her concern.

Lone girl: Miz Allen, my friend Madison is supposed to be in our group.

Me, digging out sheet of paper: She’s not on my list.

Boy #1: So you take the French fries and stuff them up your nose and …

Other boys: Cool!

Lone girl: Can I please go find my friend Madison?

 

 

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