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Bonus writing exercise: The family picnic from hell

July 4, 2013

Today is the fourth of July. To my grandparents, that probably meant some thought about our great country and reverence felt for those who had risked everything to found this country, going up against the greatest military power at the time. Over time, it’s become a day for picnics, cookouts, and fireworks–and to be happy the country wasn’t founded in February.

Given that today is a holiday–and a lot of people will be taking off work tomorrow–you may have some extra time. So today, we decided to give you an extra writing prompt to fill that time.

Pick a character you know–it doesn’t even have to be yours.

Imagine that character going to a family picnic. Then imagine that family picnic going wrong. It can go wrong humorously or in serious dark ways. Maybe the perpetually late relative is late again, and a brawl erupts when you decide not to wait for them to eat. Maybe the sack race turns into a parade of sprained ankles and wrists. Maybe little Robbie and the neighbor girl are discovered in the woods exploring something other than our country’s founding. Maybe your main character and his ex-spouse wind up out in the middle of the lake in a canoe when the rain storm rolls in

Pick whatever character you want and go for it.

Time limit: 25 minutes

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One Comment
  1. July 4, 2013 7:34 am

    Great prompt. Who can’t relate?
    Happy Fourth to you and yours.

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