Set-Up: Apologies to romantic Kevin Costner films and a classic song by the Police, I’m going to bring out the “message in a bottle” concept to see how each of you can play around with the mindset of one of the character’s on the island at this point in the story.
- Pick a character that you are beginning to figure out in terms of their inner feelings and motivations.
- Write a private letter from them to ‘someone’ in the real world. Note: they have secretly put this note into a bottle that will to be tossed into the ocean in hopes of being read one day.
- Offer a hint of how this character is privately seeing the events on the island unfold and what they really think about the group dynamics, chances of survival, etc.
- Bonus: can you write it so that it ‘sounds’ like their personality (as well as what they are thinking)?
Hint: Tell us right away how far you’ve read so that we have a sense of what you are familiar with as the letter is written. Try to focus on their inner mind, not just the plot of the story.
Length: 7+ sentences