An April Fools’ Day Writing Prompt

Happy April 1st! April Fools’ Day: The day of mild to malevolent trickery, laughter, and hurt feelings. If you’ve ever played a trick on someone for April Fools’, or if you were unfortunate enough to have a major one played on you, then you probably have some strong emotional memories about April 1st.

Time to turn that torment into writing inspiration! Here are a few starter ideas for how to use April Fools’ Day to fire up your writing!

  • Make one of your characters an inveterate trickster. It can cause laughs, break up some friendships, deepen others, and provide ample opportunity for plot problems and creative solutions.
  • Use an elaborate trick as a hook. Many people love the idea of elaborate tricks but lack the motivation/time/energy/guts to pull one off. Starting off a story with one can really  get a reader’s interest. If it’s pulled on the main character, you’re set up for sympathy. If the character instigates it, we can admire the brains/guts or wince along with him/her when it backfires.
  • Add it in as background. It could have nothing to do with the driving plot and everything to do with the everyday details. Remember: holidays and day-to-day minutia beef up a story. They makes the story feel more real.

Got any others? Or any good examples of April Fools’ Day practical jokes? (Successful or no…)


One thought on “An April Fools’ Day Writing Prompt

  1. Reblogged this on Rebloger and commented:
    It’s time we make use of our high intelligence to reflect on this matter and the direction we’re heading towards as a species


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