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Superhero! Writing Prompt Part 1

Sarah and Jeff Boyle

Image from page 310 of "The golden fleece and the heroes who lived before Achilles" (1921). Used via The Commons on Flickr.

Image from page 310 of "The golden fleece and the heroes who lived before Achilles" (1921). Used via The Commons on Flickr.

We're going to be doing something a little different this time. See here for our call for submissions for the next issue of Kapow! This is going to have a superhero theme, and we'll be using that idea as the basis for the work we'll be putting up on the blog over the summer.

To wit: our first prompt is going to be in a couple of parts. Today, in part 1, we'll be starting with the idea of creating a superhero. You can make one up out of whole cloth, or you can base him/her/them on yourself, as presumably, you are a solid jumping off point for your own imagination.

Considerations:

  • Appearance
  • Superpowers
  • Weaknesses
  • Origin Story
  • Time Period
  • Any other pertinent information to make your superhero yours.

And of course, what is a superhero without a nemesis? One cannot fight the whole world, surely. So create someone or something to give your hero some pushback. It makes things way more interesting. Use the same considerations in creating your nemesis. It's no fun matching wits with a cardboard cut-out.

Use this as a starting point. Next week, we'll work on creating the plot for your story. This week, work on creating your characters and where you want them to do battle (of whatever stripe). We'll make them do stuff next time. Have fun!