Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Writing Prompt – Black Friday

Did you get up at 4 a.m. for all the door busters?

I didn’t. I’m not a Black Friday shopper. (Actually, I’m not a shopper at all. You won’t catch me in a Mall or Discount Store unless I absolutely have to be there. I can’t remember the last time I was at the Mall…)

Here are some of the 2012 Newspaper and Internet News headlines for Black Friday:

‘Gang fight’ at Black Friday sale…

Man Punched in Face Pulls Gun On Line-Cutting Shopper…

Shots fired outside WALMART…

Shoppers smash through door at URBAN OUTFITTERS…

Customers run over in parking lot…

Woman busted after throwing merchandise…

Thousands storm VICTORIA’S SECRET…

VIDEO: Insane battle over phones…

Shoplifter tries to mace security guards…

Men Steal Boy’s Shopping Bag Outside BED, BATH & BEYOND…

For me, these are the most compelling reasons for not shopping on Black Friday.

Anyone reconsidering for next year?

Here’s Your Prompt

  • Write about a character who gets hurt while shopping on Black Friday. Or, write about a character who was standing next to someone who got seriously hurt (or killed!) on Black Friday. (Does this character’s feelings about shopping change? What about life in general?)
     
  • Write the scene of Black Friday Mayhem™ from a bystander’s point of view.
     
  • If you journal, write about some of your Black Friday experiences. If you don’t shop on Black Friday, write about some other memorable shopping event.
     

If Black Friday isn’t your cup of tea either…

  • Write a character sketch or short poem about something associated with the color black:   witches, funeral processions, black ice on the highway, black and white keys on the piano, the Black Death (Bubonic plague), black licorice, black squares on a checkerboard, etc.
     
  • Write about “black thoughts:” being depressed or depression in general.
     
  • Write about bad luck: being under a black cloud.
     

Good Luck!

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