Inspired by `LiliWrites.
The Sagittarius Prompt
It's a frickin' Who's Who of writers: Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, David Mamet, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Jonathan Swift, Joseph Conrad, Joan Didion, Philip K. Dick, `PinkyMcCoversong, me... we're all Sagittarians. We all rule the written word.
What does this self-indulgent foolery have to do with a prompt?
IT'S MY BIRTHDAY, THAT'S WHY NOW SHUT UP
You are to choose ONE of each the following elements from EACH list below to drive ONE of your characters (protagonist, antagonist, support, etc., your choice). One good trait, one bad trait, a like and a dislike. Then use the quote by Mark Twain to inspire your story.
GOOD SAGITTARIUS TRAITS
BAD SAGITTARIUS TRAITS
MARK TWAIN QUOTE
"Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval--a thing which, to the general run of the human race, is more dreaded than wolves and death."
Word count = minimum 2000, maximum 3500.
Any POV, any genre. Due December 31st.
Link back to this prompt in your artist comments.
Note me your finished deviation here or at my personal page.
Any questions and/or comments can be directed below or in private.
I'll leave you all for the year with this quote by Twain on Inspiration (in bold = my emphasis):
This editor is a critic. He has pulled out his carving-knife and his tomahawk and is starting after a book which he is going to have for breakfast. This one's arms are put on wrong. I did not notice it at first, but I see it now. Somehow he has got his right arm on his left shoulder, and his left arm on his right shoulder, and this shows us the back of his hands in both instances. It makes him left-handed all around, which is a thing which has never happened before, except perhaps in a museum. That is the way with art, when it is not acquired but born to you: you start in to make some simple little thing, not suspecting that your genius is beginning to work and swell and strain in secret, and all of a sudden there is a convulsion and you fetch out something astonishing. This is called inspiration. It is an accident; you never know when it is coming. I might have tried as much as a year to think of such a strange thing as an all-around left-handed man and I could not have done it, for the more you try to think of an unthinkable thing the more it eludes you; but it can't elude inspiration; you have only to bait with inspiration and you will get it every time. Look at Botticelli's "Spring." Those snaky women were unthinkable, but inspiration secured them for us, thanks to goodness. It is too late to reorganize this editor-critic now; we will leave him as he is. -- www.twainquotes.com/HistoryDat…
See you in 2014, everyone. Write hard.