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Green Man 5

The green man dies. Write that scene. How does this effect the main character? Is the main character present when he dies or find out later? If they find out later, write that scene.

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Birth and Death

A society in which both death and birth are celebrated similarly: one as an arrival, one as a fond farewell.

Consider including:

  1. a scene of someone’s death
  2. a scene of someone’s birth
  3. the birth and death of the same person
  4. a birth or death that someone couldn’t celebrate
  5. describe the place to us. Include the culture, rituals, what it looks like, the religion…
  6. do 2-3 character sketches of people who live there



There is a new “life tax” imposed on every man, woman, child, and animal in a city-state. Anyone who doesn’t pay for their life is killed.

Consider including:

  1. Why the tax is being imposed.
  2. How people are killed. Is it the same as for animals?
  3. Showing a character die.
  4. Someone making an attempt to evade the tax without dying.
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Dying Young

Write a fragment of a story about a character who is relatively young (under 40), who will die in a few years, but has no inkling of this. You, as author, do. Let that knowledge affect this brief 500-word story fragment. Let the reader know that the character is going to die young. Consider how the story would be different if the character were going to live a long life.