In Moon Over Manifest by (Newbery medalist!) Clare Vanderpool, twelve-year-old Abilene wishes for a do-over. I think we can all relate. Who hasn’t wished for a second chance, an opportunity to go back and right wrongs or make different choices?
Writing gives us the chance for unlimited do-overs. Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter offers an “I Dare You” exercise.
Today, participants in the Show; Don’t Tell writing workshop took the dare.
The exercise from Spilling Ink is paraphrased here: Remember a day when things did not go well. Maybe they went terribly wrong. Rewrite the day. Write how you wish it had all turned out. Give yourself a do-over.
The writers in the workshop imagined all kinds of do-overs. If they had it to do all over again, they’d…
Keep their wallets with them
Avoid the carnivorous koalas
Wash their faces with water (not toothpaste)
Pack matching dress shoes
Not taste the unidentified chemical
Watch out for that hole
And, speaking of writers and do-overs…