January Prompt: Week of 01/28

Theme: Second Person Narrator

Your friends invite you to a party. You don’t want to go but they have a  slew of activities in store for the night. Your job? Get your character  out of the house (it’s late and way past curfew) and into a precarious  situation with his/her friends. Then, end the night back in a bed. It  doesn’t have to be the narrator’s bed. It can be a friend’s bed. It can  be a bed of newspaper in the street. But focus on the details.

The key to second person narration is description, description,  description, so that the reader really feels like he/she is there, experiencing everything through the character’s eyes. With enough detail, the emotional development for a reader will happen organically, so don’t focus on the way your character is feeling, but rather what 
he/she is doing. If you’re up for the challenge, put your character in a very precarious situation so that the reader will feel conflicted. This is a very good literary device for creating emotional response in your reader.

And, of course, don’t forget that writing in second person means using “you” language.

Example: “You wake up and have some coffee. It’s bitter but you don’t care. You like your coffee as bitter as your black heart. Dad is yelling at you again. You didn’t do anything that bad. You just went out with your friends and had a good time. At least, that’s what they told you.”

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Gitana was born and raised in Southern California and currently resides in Los Angeles with her fiance (Joey) and their cat (Kitty). She is a recent MA graduate of English Literature from CSULB (California State University of Long Beach) and specializes in Medieval Literature. She looks forward to continuing her education in a PhD program where she can have the opportunity to study Hagiography.

Her blog, Gitana Eleni, is a book/lifestyle blog where she shares her knowledge about the things she loves the most: books, school, self-care, cooking, bullet journaling, and much more, while also helping people along the way.

She likes reading lots of different books but some of her favorite authors are Stephen King, Nabokov, and JD Salinger. She is also obsessed with cults, serial killers, and all things true crime.