SETTING: Don’t let your character get fooled by a trickster. You decide if your character will fall for a trick or temptation. The trickster could be a quack psychologist, a health care worker, gold digger, business shyster, restaurant jester, neighborhood prankster, human trafficker coyote, property fraudster, or some other kind of trickster such as a demon.
3 HIGHLIGHTS: (include): A trickster, a trick, and a bell
SUBMISSIONS: Post your story below
WORD COUNT: 750-1,500
DEADLINE: Always due by the 25th of each month
3 OPTIONAL PROMPTS TO GET YOU STARTED:
1.) Your character notices that one of his or her keychains is missing. It was a special keychain from a collection. Your character has collected quite a few keychains from places where he or she vacationed. The only suspects are a friendly neighbor boy who cuts the lawn, a nice cleaning lady, a responsible dog walker, and your character’s own family member. Who is the trickster?
2.) Your character is a teenager with two younger siblings. Their parents have died. You decide which long lost relative arrives to take care of them. After a series of unusual pranks from the relative, your character must find a new caretaker. Will they ever trust anyone?
3.) Your character used to be the mayor of a town. The town attorney wrongly charged him with obstruction of justice. The county judge banished him to live in the forest. He began to build tiny homes and sold many to people from faraway places, gaining wealth. The attorney and judge fear he will return with vengeance to rule over them. You decide if your character can win his hometown. You decide if the main trickster is a barber, banker, realtor, or landscaper.
You can find additional optional conflicts on pages 128-129 in “Writers 750 Emerald Workbook” written by H.M. Schuldt.
ITEMS THAT MUST BE INCLUDED
How lovable is a trickster? It varies from one to another. Some of the more lovable tricksters include Tinker Bell, Puck “Robin Goodfellow” the prankster from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Cheshire Cat, Willy Wonka, Bugs Bunny, Eddie from Leave It to Beaver, Fred and George Weasley from Harry Potter, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Jacob who pretended to be his win brother Esau, deceiving his father, Isaac, in the book of Genesis.
Other tricksters might have a mixture of good and evil. Stanley from The Mask is an example of a normal person who becomes terribly mischievous, inspired by the ancient character, Loki from Norse Mythology. Mixed tricksters might start off as a terrible rascal, but somewhere deep down inside, they have a good side such as the Grinch. A mixed trickster has a deeper level of evil tugging in his life. He is sometimes nice but sometimes a bully. He uses his evil ways to hurt feelings, rob victims, ruin relationships, or live with a vindictive spirit. He might want to be good, but he isn’t.
Some tricksters remain evil and never change their ways such as the Joker, Satan, and other antichrists. This trickster does not care if he or she has to use violence to carry out evil plans. He has an enormous amount of hate, revenge, or complete destruction driving his life. He is “full of himself,” which means he is a narcissist. He does not want to be good. He wants to be bad all the time. He won’t stop until he gets caught. Even if he does get caught, he is mad about getting caught, and still does not want to change his ways. He is bad to the bone and likes it that way.
WORKSHOP GUIDELINES – Skip over this section if you are familiar with the Writers 750 Program.
GENRE: Fantasy, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Crime, Comedy, Romance, or a mixture (No erotica)
The main purpose of this workshop is to practice the skill of writing fiction, explore conflict and character development, write a new short stories, and receive good feedback.
RULES & DIRECTIONS –
• Type in English – a minimum of 750 words; a maximum of 1,500 words
• Post your title and word count total in the first line of your story posting.
• ONE entry per person, must be the writer’s original work, a final revision, and a new piece of writing. No multiple submissions. Make sure to post your final revision.