by Theresa Miller
He was 6 foot 4 and gorgeous. The type of gorgeous that could make a rational, self-respecting Writing Pad intern make excuses for bad behavior. We met in acting class. After strategically distracting the other smitten women in the group with what amounted to “Hey! Look over there!” I had him all to myself. Little did I know that I was in for 3 months of arguments, emotional neglect, and general idiocy. Despite this, I was completely enthralled. He was my Mr. Wrong.
Meet Mr. or Ms. Write (see what I did there?) on Valentine’s Day at our Writer Seeking Writer singles event! We’ll be serving up writing prompts and hotties all in one evening. And if you feel like your dating life could be the subject of a very cool book, you should probably take our Live Online Memoir Bootcamp. Taught by successful memoirist Brett Paesel (“Mommies Who Drink:”), this class will take writing “what you know” to another level. The best part is, you can take it online in your pajamas. It begins this Saturday, February 8th so reserve a spot. You know what other awesome class you could take in your PJ’s? Our Live Online Novel Writing Class with award-winning author Francesca Lia Block (“Dangerous Angels” series). She will teach you techniques for creating compelling characters, exciting plot lines, and vivid worlds. You can even bring in 1200 words that she will personally review every other session! Nice, right?
Take a look at Writing Pad’s roster of classes below. They’re guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing, teach you invaluable techniques, and help you write and amazing story. We hope to see you at a class soon! And keep reading below the links for this week’s writing prompt.
2014 Classes And Events
Writer Seeking Writer: Love, Libations and Literature
Keys To The Kingdom: A Showrunner Panel
Writing and Publishing the Modern Short Story
Memorable Memoir Bootcamp
Memorable Memoir 1 Day (Online)
A Novel Approach
Novel Bootcamp (Online)
Illustrated Life: Writing The Graphic Novel
Afternoon Delight: A Short Story Workshop
He’s Just Not That Into Your Book: Writing The Self-Help Bestseller
Bullies, Heartbreak, And Teenage Angst: A Ya Workshop
Journalism/Writing For the Web
Writing and Publishing the Personal Essay (1-day)
Writing the Op-ed or Cultural Essay
Writing and Publishing the Personal Essay (5-wk)
#FameSuccessLove: Harnessing The Power of Twitter
Pitching For The Press: A Query Letter Clinic
Writing Interviews and Reviews For Magazines or Newspapers
From Blog Post To Book Deal: A Blog Writing Workshop
Advanced Personal Essay Class (Online)
Writingpalooza: Find Your Literary Mojo
Writingpalooza: Find Your Literary Mojo (Online)
Writing Accessible Poems
How to Hook an Agent
Writing the TV Comedy
From Slashers To Body Snatchers: Writing The Horror Screenplay
Hollywood Insider: Breaking Into The Biz
Dream It, Write It, Pitch It: Screenwriting Bootcamp
For this week’s writing prompt, think of a partner you’ve had who was completely wrong for you. Why did you stay? Maybe she was a total hottie, maybe he was the only other person who shared your love of kraut rock, maybe you were naive. Add a specific detail about this person: an annoying habit, a screwed up worldview, a striking physical trait or weird mannerism. Write about your relationship for 10 minutes and include every sensory detail. Let us know why this person was truly wrong for you.
Dreadlocks, charm, and a body that wouldn’t quit. Sold. He walked into unfamiliar settings like he’d been there all his life, and got treated that way by nearly everyone he met. It’s hard to see your own flaws if no one else does, and boy was he blind.
Once, trying to mask his superficiality with psuedo-feminism and ill-researched political arguments, he told me that he considered himself a progressive because he’d dated a girl with very short hair. He won that argument, because I was speechless. He scolded me for asking him to wear deodorant, as it masked his “manly odor”, yet it was my duty to shave my legs everyday. After raiding my refrigerator and rummaging through my personal belongings, he would leave my humble little home a complete mess and get upset if I asked him to clean up. He continually borrowed money for gas because “How else am I going to come see you?”, all the while keeping a tight grip on his wallet. Finally, knowing that he’d be nosey enough to read it, I conspicuously left a note in his line of sight that not-so-nicely described the ways in which he was a failure as a partner. With his ego bruised, he gathered his things and slinked out the door.
Who was your Mr. or Ms. Wrong? Write about your experience in the comments section and you could win a free class!