The conference was awesome and I’ll write more about that on Wednesday. Although, I think I could do posts all week long and not run out of material.
This is only the fifth installment of Writing Prod, but it is not getting much of a response. I know that last month most of you were involved in the A to Z bloghop and really didn’t have time to participate. So I am giving it one more shot. If you like this feature please post a comment letting me know that I should continue.
This weeks’ prompt I am calling News Mining. The concept is simple, look through the news items in your paper, online, or while watching television. Pick one of them and write a story that’s based on it having a much different cause than what was reported. In other words, give your readers the background story that hasn’t been reported and is a bit more fantastic than the truth.If you want to do this as a creative prompt to get your creative juices going for the week you can also select a specific genre for the news item; otherwise, you would just use the genre you normally write.
As always, should you or any of your CW (Creative Writing) force be caught or killed, my secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Writer.
For my example I am going to write a movie pitch based a news item I picked from
MSN and in the techno-thriller genre.
Catch and Release – The President orders the military in Afghanistan to start secretly releasing dangerous prisoners in exchange for information from the terrorists about their rivals. On the surface this looks like a standard political move, but it is really a vicious program of annihilation. Each of the released prisoners has been infected with a virus that will spread death to the terrorist network and their families. The situation changes when several of the service men return home and die from the same engineered virus that they are supposed to be immune, except that this mutated strain no longer targets people that share
DNA with the carrier.