A Writing Prompt from John McManus, author of FOX TOOTH HEART

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This week's writing prompt comes from John McManus, author of Fox Tooth Heart (2015).


One writing prompt I give out often is some version of “When you were in the seventh grade, what did you think was ugly?” I’m not trying to claim credit for this exercise; I probably read it in some craft book. Since I teach creative writing, publishers are always sending me sample copies in the hope that I’ll assign them a class of students. This one helps get at characters’ aesthetic sensibilities, which I think is essential to full realization 

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