Do you have a dream? What if you wrote your dream as if it were happening right now?
“Come on, Douglas,” I whisper. “We need to catch the bus.”
Where is that dog, I wonder.
Douglas comes limping in. I hear my parents in their bedroom. I hear my mom get up and start walking to the kitchen. I sprint out the front door without Douglas and hope my mom did not hear me. I bound down to Frank’s house to leave a note in our secret meeting place to tell him where I’m going and why.
I have to run to catch the bus. I barely make it.
I am an amazing basketball player. I got an offer from The Golden State Warriors to tryout, but my parents do not like me playing, so I am sneaking out to make the team.
On the team bus, I see Steph Curry, Clay Thompson… everybody. Steve Kerr welcomes me and introduces me to the players. “Even though he’s short, he’s really good.”
I sit down on the bus and take out a picture of Douglas. He was the best dog ever.
I miss him already, I think, as the bus rolls away from home.
Notice the way Atticus bookends his opening with dialogue and internal dialogue about his dog, developing the character by showing us what he's thinking. Excellent crafting!
Sarah Pemberton is a teacher, a writer, and the founder of Write Now!. Sarah lives in Portland, Oregon with her two daughters.