In science fiction and fantasy, there are many unpleasant truths about human life that we sometimes like to sweep under the rug. Humans have to eat, sleep, exercise, breath and lots of other inconvenient things that might seem like obstacles to the development of a story. Obstacles, however, are really opportunities in disguise, and in this week’s writing prompt, we will turn human necessities into creative avenues for the enterprising author.
Haujuapan de Leon is known in Mixtec as Ñuu dee, which means the “Place of Brave People.” The valley in which Haujuapan sits was settled by humans more two thousand years ago, beginning with the Ñuu Yate, the “Ancient Ones,” as early as 400 BCE. Today, this city in southern Mexico is home to about fifty thousand people.
Something was found hidden in the mountains not far from Haujaupan de Leon that is forcing us to reconsider some ideas that many thought were set in stone. So what was was uncovered near Ñuu dee and what does it have to do with this week’s prompt?
Have you ever been told to “Show, don’t tell” in your writing? It is a piece of advice that hangs around everywhere that writers can be found. In fact, it seems to have become an unquestioned rule. But why is it important? Does it actually mean anything? The answer, it turns out, is in your imagination.
Your mission in this week’s prompt is to give your readers a scare with a good show of fear! Remember, there is a balance to be struck. Let’s see if you can walk this terrifying tight-rope and describe strategically.
In this week’s prompt, I will show you my method for inventing original universes and creating new characters. Follow these simple steps, and you might just banish writer’s block forever!