Read the short story “Inbound” by Edith Pearlman and write a Creative Prequel or Sequel (1000 words to 1200 words)
Keep in mind the elements of fiction (characters, setting, plot, point of view, symbolism, theme and language) as you shape your story. These elements should be clear so that your reader can identify each of them in your story. SHOW rather than tell. Use descriptive language, including the five senses, and dialogue. As you create the prequel or sequel, make sure there is a clear connection to the actual short story.
A scene has the following pattern:
Goal what the character wants. Must be clearly definable
Conflict series of obstacles that keep the character from the goal
Disaster makes the character fail to get the goal
And a sequel has the following pattern:
Reaction emotional follow through of the disaster.
Dilemma a situation with no good options
Decision character makes a choice (which sets up the new goal).