This book is for anyone who wants to use creative writing to feel better by externalizing their inner apocalypse. Using 25 writing prompts with evocative photographs, readers are encouraged to make meaning of their life experiences by discovering, emphasizing and illuminating changed perspectives. Every character and every story we write, is autobiographical. This means that though we may have felt like the walking dead at times, we have a chance at redemption. Writing apocalyptic stories can convey a message of change, and even hope. Ultimately, though your stories may be seeded from people you know, these characters have traveled through the system of you; your heart and spirit and mind. Consider writing a clearing of sorts. Our writing can transform us by offering opportunities to explore, examine, and understand outcomes from our lives, and to imagine alternatives. You can evoke a sense of justice and peace, not by changing outcomes (usually it’s too late for that), but by changing perspective.
Days are longer in the spring, as the Earth’s axis increases its tilt relative to the Sun.
Climate Fiction (CliFi) is a genre that addresses the ways that climate change is already transforming our world. By anticipating and elaborating on what these changes might mean in the not so distant future, writers of CliFi use knowledge of science and climate to create worlds that we hope will remain fiction. We write the apocalypse in the hopes to avoid it.
Writing Prompt: What happens when the tilt of the earth’s axis can no longer evoke spring? Check out the science of one aspect of climate change and begin there.
How and why we take our leave from a place can define who we become – and it can make us unreliable narrators of our own lives.
Write the character who has lived here, beginning with the moment they walk away. Capture the ways in which memory (back-story) is influenced by their reason for leaving, more than by what may actually have happened.
A metaphor is an implied comparison between two things that are unlike each other but have something in common. When used with restraint, metaphor is an economical way of conveying depth and complexity without ‘telling’ your reader what to think.
Think about how an eggshell conveys fragility, an icicle conveys chill, or a shredder conveys destruction.
Select a moment in your life, and use this image to convey how it felt, without specifically referencing the comparison – avoid the words ‘it was like’ or ‘it felt like’ – which can feel cumbersome or contrived.