Writing Prompts

A Writing Prompt from Nathan Poole, author of FATHER BROTHER KEEPER

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

This week's Friday Writing Prompt comes from Nathan Poole, author of Father Brother Keeper (2015).

And then I found...

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Experiment with the idea of magnitude. Write the first three sentences of the worst story you can possibly imagine: the driest, most creeping, tedious story. Then, in the fourth sentence, try to save it by adding sudden magnitude, changing a character’s fortune. Start your fourth sentence with these four words: “And then I found...”