Friday, September 10, 2010
Writing Prompt/Dialogue with Mark Peter Hughes
When I met Mark, his first book, I am the Wallpaper (a Delacorte Press Young Adult Novel Competition Finalist), had just been released. His second book, Lemonade Mouth, is being made into a Disney Channel Original Movie Musical! His first two books both met with critical acclaim, and his third book, A Crack in the Sky, was released on August 24, 2010, to wonderful early reviews. You can read more about it below.
Two children were recently shipwrecked on a deserted island. They’ve found a source of food and water, but they’re scared and not at all sure anybody is looking for them. They have one flashlight, but the light is already growing dim and it’s obvious the battery is about to die. It’s dusk. As they sit on the beach and watch the sun go down, they talk but never mention about being shipwrecked. Their emotions are revealed but only indirectly, and the more they avoid directly discussing the real problem, the more the reader will feel it hanging over them. Write the scene.
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A Crack in the Sky is the first in a new sci-fi fantasy adventure series for kids. D.J. MacHale, author of the Pendragon series hailed it as, "A peek into a futre that is both fascinating and frightening." More at www.markpeterhughes.com.