Today’s theme comes courtesy of Curtis Sittenfeld, whose bestselling debut novel Prep was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by the New York Times. Though she’s a graduate of Stanford and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the peak of her career came when her acclaimed third book, American Wife, was the answer to this Jeopardy question. That novel, which Time praised for its “languorous pace and a fierce literary integrity,” offered a fictionalized portrait of a certain former First Lady. In today’s prompt, Curtis invites you to similarly use real life as a jumping-off point for your own creative writing.
Figment Daily Theme–February 23, 2012
Keep your ears perked in the next few days, and when you overhear someone say something interesting—whether that person is a family member in the next room, one of your neighbors talking to another, or a stranger on her cell phone—make that the starting line of a scene. Hint: Conversations tend to be juicier when people are in disagreement, though they don’t have to be flat-out fighting.