“Take any character from one of your books and put them in a therapy session. Write a (short!) scene about what happens. (You can include multiple characters and make it a group therapy session.)”
Me: I’ll do roll call and then we’ll talk about your so-called problems. Is Pete here?
Me: …and George?
Me: [Sighs] George! Well, that’s everybody, then.
Pete: Why’d you do roll call for two people?
Me: I don’t know. Because I’m weird, I guess. Why did I give you a convertible in your story?
Pete: I DON’T KNOW, BECAUSE THEN YOU TOOK IT AWAY FROM ME! [Bursts into tears]
Me: There, there. [Attempts to comfort Pete, but is not particularly experienced in the art of comforting penguins]
Pete: AND… AND… AND… YOU SENT ME TO THE ARCTIC WITHOUT A SWEATER!
Me: Pete, you’re the wimpiest penguin I know. Real ones don’t complain about the cold, because they’re used to it.
Pete: [Wipes away a tear] I know. But I’m not a real penguin. I’m only a fictional one and you gave me a house to live in so I’m not used to world outside. Or having my cars taken away.
George: [Has been watching this whole exchange with a raised eyebrow] Wow. You really spoiled him, didn’t you, nevillegirl? That’s the worst that ever happened to him?
Me: Hey, I was fourteen when I wrote that story!
George: You had me baked in an oven and almost eaten, then I got my arm ripped off and stuck back on with frosting!
Me: Whoa, there. [Explains to readers] George is a gingerbread man. I’m rewriting his fairy tale. So what happened to him is totally reasonable.
George: YOUR OTHER CHARACTERS DON’T GET EATEN!
Me: Well, no, but they…
Pete: [Leans over and eats George]
Me: …I’m so sorry, readers.
Want to follow our blog chain? Here are the participating parties, day by day:
July 5th – http://novelexemplar.wordpress.com/
July 6th – http://veewhoa.wordpress.com/
July 7th – http://bloodoverithaca.wordpress.com/
July 8th – http://www.brookeharrison.com/
July 9th – http://themagicviolinist.blogspot.com/
July 10th – http://fida-islaih.blogspot.com/
July 11th – https://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/
July 12th – http://maralaurey.wordpress.com/
July 13th – http://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com/
July 14th – http://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com/
July 15th – http://charleyrobson.blogspot.com/
July 16th – http://www.oyeahwrite.wordpress.com/
July 17th – http://insatiablebeforedeath.wordpress.com/
July 18th – http://www.indianawriterblog.wordpress.com/
July 19th – http://akwardlywriting.blogspot.com/
July 20th – http://alifeonmission.wordpress.com/
July 21st – http://whimsicallyours.com/
July 22nd – http://theteenagewriter.wordpress.com/
July 23rd – http://dreamerheadquarters.wordpress.com
July 24th – http://weirdalocity.wordpress.com/
July 25th – http://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com/
26th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll be announcing the topic for next month’s chain.)