Time for a Change

November 17, 2017


It's November. All around us are signs of change. The days are shorter. The air is turning cooler. The leaves have brilliant colors. Winter is coming. 


So what is changing in your story? Short stories, novels, and even narrative non-fiction essays capture a season when life is in the midst of change. Our writing captures that change and the growth that happens as a result. Major life transitions rarely occur instantaneously. They occur gradually, over time. And the person who walks away from that transition is often a very different than he or she was before it happened. 


Think about it. Characters in a novel are often very different at the end of the novel. They have gained insight or wisdom. They have grown. They have learned something new. Because of the journey they have taken throughout the story, they will never be the same again. 

WRITING PROMPT:  Think about the last major change that took place in your life. What led up to that change? How did you react as you were going through it? How did you feel? How were you different after the transition than you were before? Take out a notebook and free write about your memories. Now, how can you apply those same experiences to the main character in the story you are currently writing? 




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CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

Carolyn is available to speak to children and youth about creative writing at your school or special event. 

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