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This may seem like a “Duh!”moment, but I’ve been involved in some conversations lately around fiction and non-fiction books. During those conversations the question of “What did you like most about it?” keeps coming up.

Based on the answers of the participants and that statistically more women buy and read books than men. . .

The key to both fiction and non-fiction is relationship / people!

That may seem simply up front but here are some examples:

  • Game of Thrones – this novel series turned TV show is not rife with traditional fantasy features, but 95% focused on the relationships between all the characters, their allies and their enemies.
  • Every Medical TV Show – the medical part is okay, even for House. But every show keeps watchers coming back because the people are the focus.
  • Self-Help Books – nearly every self-help book cannot go without stories about people. Yes those stories are intended to prove a point, but people love those stories and want to hear about the lives of others.

So whether writing about science fiction or writing about WWII, stories about characters and their relationship is a must.

Set the timer for 10-minutes and try this writing prompt.

Writing prompt #0039


Write about the right-hand man to a king / queen.