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Exercise Wednesday: Loser

June 13, 2012

In my recent writing marathon, we were given a writing prompt where our protagonist has a fight. It didn’t have to be a physical fight (in fact, none of the responses included a physical fight), but the protagonist had to be spitting-nails pissed off and ready to go to battle.

When I wrote my scene, my protagonist went in to fight, even managed to sound bad-ass in the process, then proceeded to have that same posterior handed to him in no uncertain terms.

He lost.

Big.

About as big as possible.

When he left, he knew he lost. It was obvious and his opponent rubbed the loss in at every possible juncture. To say he lost was understatement.

Little roller up along first. Behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight and Mets win!

Sometimes your story is better served by a loss than by a win.

Today’s exercise is for your protagonist or another character to lose. Big. (And you can’t make your antagonist lose, making your protagonist win. That’s cheating.) The loss has to be thorough, huge, and meaningful, too, not just something he or she was looking to lose anyway.

Time limit: 30 minutes

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