Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Posted by Laurel Garver on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 21 comments
Photo credit: Extreme Shoe Repair
Welcome, A-Z Blogging Challenge friends. This year, my theme is Prompt-a-day, with fun or thought-provoking writing prompts to use as a story start, warm up, or creativity stretching exercise.

Pride


Write a fable with the moral "Pride goes before a fall."



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Q4U: How might you spin this prompt in an unexpected direction? How about as romance or young adult?

21 comments:

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    1. For sure--from Interplanetary Emperors to shapeshifters to corporate moguls to high school athletes. Have fun with it!

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  2. I wrote about pride this morning, too, but I had a different approach. Find me here. LINK

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    1. Positive pride--the kind that's hard won from working hard? My larger prompts collection addresses both kinds of pride, though it largely focuses on the positive kind--when you've achieved something and how that feels.

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  3. LOL! For this one all I have to do is quote my 16 yr old college student any given day. He cracks me up. Because he's young and advanced, he has this idea that maybe he's got it all figured out. Ahem. So anyway...

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    1. Ah, the book smarts that will fall in places where street smarts are needed. Must be a unique challenge to parent!

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  4. Yeah, I'm sure this could be spun into pretty much any genre. I'm sure it's something we've all fallen foul of at some point!

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    1. I've seen it in so many arenas, that's why it seemed like a good one to share here--easy to take the idea into lots of different genre scenarios.

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  5. Hi Laurel - red heeled shoes ... tottering along - not able to spurt ahead of the stalker loafing along behind ... Pride is not always a good thing - yet it's good to have pride in one's work ... cheers Hilary

    http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/p-is-for-pigs.html

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    1. Indeed there's unhealthy pride--arrogance--and healthy pride--a sense of accomplishment. The proverb used in this promp focuses on the former kind. My prompts book actually has more "Pride" themed prompts that are largely about the latter kind.

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  6. Self-esteem has always been a downer...

    Donna Smith
    Mainely Write
    PBE4UGO

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    1. I don't think the proverb was talking about having a healthy self image, but rather an overly inflated one. Being arrogant. That kind of puffed up balloon is sure to pop.

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    2. Right, but I don't think I've ever met anyone who has high self-esteem that I've enjoyed being around!

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  7. I see a wickedly mean teenage girl getting her comeuppance.
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. Comeuppance--the perfect word for it! Thanks for coming by!

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  8. Pride reminds me of some characteristics of the Music Man musical. Sorry, I've just got plays on my brain. In the music man, the Main character pretends to be a professor in order to con the towns people into buy instruments. Many of the towns people aren't as musically inclined and instead of admitting it, their prideful ways lead them to invest in the music man.

    P is for plays
    http://theglobaldig.blogspot.com/2017/04/

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    1. Great example--and it wouldn't be hard to modernize that plot and place it in a different milieu.

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  9. I'll have to come back and possibly write on a few of these prompts. Pride is an awesome concept to write on.

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    1. Lots of story-starting fodder here this month. Enjoy!

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  10. Ooh, I like this one too. I have to remind myself to make sure my characters have negative qualities too, or at least characteristics that trip them up sometimes -- it's too easy to just write the loving scenes!

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    1. Pride is one of those characteristics that can be a strength, but when overdone to the point of arrogance, it becomes a weakness. Glad to have piqued your interest.

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