#coolprompts ‘Every revolution begins with breakfast’
28 September – 1 October
There are 4 variants/choose any:
- Choose any article from the magazine or newspaper. Imagine that the person who is involved in this article is reading it during breakfast. Describe his/or hers thoughts, emotions, feelings, attitude, behaviour.
- The last day on the Earth. To eat breakfast or…not to eat?
- You have a very strange obsession with your breakfast. Write about your obsession.
- Describe the most ‘mysterious’ breakfast. Use ‘suspense’, not surprise.
To participate: post a story, poem or flash on your blog, tag the post – #coolprompts, pingback to Ray’s post (or any last post on RayNotBradbury’s Blog), if you want me to come over, read and comment. Any genre/style is welcome! No boundaries at all! It’s OKAY to bend the rules. Have fun!
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“There is a distinct difference between “suspense” and “surprise,” and yet many of us continually confuse the two. I’ll explain what I mean.
We are now having a very innocent little chat. Let’s suppose that there is a bomb underneath this table between us. Nothing happens, and then all of a sudden, “Boom!” There is an explosion. The public is surprised, but prior to this surprise, it has seen an absolutely ordinary scene, of no special consequence. Now, let us take a suspense situation. The bomb is underneath the table and the public knows it, probably because they have seen the anarchist place it there. The public is aware the bomb is going to explode at one o’clock and there is a clock in the decor. The public can see that it is a quarter to one. In these conditions, the same innocuous conversation becomes fascinating because the public is participating in the scene. The audience is longing to warn the characters on the screen: “You shouldn’t be talking about such trivial matters. There is a bomb beneath you and it is about to explode!”
In the first case we have given the public fifteen seconds of surprise at the moment of the explosion. In the second we have provided them with fifteen minutes of suspense. The conclusion is that whenever possible the public must be informed. Except when the surprise is a twist, that is, when the unexpected ending is, in itself, the highlight of the story.
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My example will be posted as a book review in the next post.
Read about ‘Memory In Jar’ – HERE
Next post – Book Review, James Runcie ‘Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death’
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