Writing Prompts: Start with a Confession

Monday, April 10, 2017
Typically stories don't start with a confession from a character. More often than not, confessions come later in the plot toward the climax. That way, the suspense has had time to build, the characters have been developed, relationships have been forged, and the conflict is well established. But the challenge of these prompts is to begin with a confession and go from there. Delve into the backstory and create characters to fit the confessions. Are you up to the challenge? Go!

Scenario #1: Romance

"Here goes... I love you... I've always loved you... And I know I should've been honest a long time ago... And I know it's probably too late and I missed my chance... But before anything else changes, I just needed to let you know..."

Scenario #2: Crime

"I did it, okay?! Geez, I can't take it anymore. I can't stand hearing your conspiracy theories and your incredibly wrong assumptions. You've got to be the worst detective in the history of the world because here I am, right under your nose where I've been the whole time... Obviously guilty! Okay?! I did it!"

Scenario #3: Drama

"I... lied." He took a deep breath. "It was meant to be just a simple fib so you wouldn't get upset about the truth... But you kept asking specific questions and it just got so out of hand... I didn't know how to tell you or when to tell you... I just couldn't admit it's been going on so long, but I can't keep track of the lies anymore. Other people are getting involved... And it's getting exhausting."

Scenario #4: Non-Descript

"I'm not sorry. I'm not sorry that it happened at all. I knew what I was doing when I did it... And I did it anyway. Hell, I didn't even consider stopping. I knew what I wanted and I knew, well, hoped anyway, that someday we'd end up here... And, look, here we are. So, to quote Shakespeare, all's well that ends well... Right?"

Scenario #5: Mystery

"I knew all along it would come to this... That's why I wrote the letters... That's why I made it seem like you were all going to receive this huge inheritance... That's why I played along like I knew more to the story than I did... I never knew her. I knew who she was, sure, but it was because of you. It was all a way to get closer to you. It worked, though, didn't it?"

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