(Writer’s Note: Today’s post has to be a writing prompt, I had to take on two town meetings for a co-worker so have no time to prepare a writing article, but I have a really good one in mind that will hopefully be posted tomorrow.)
Through some misfortune, your character (or a group of characters) becomes stranded/lost in a dense forest, the nearest sign of civilization is hundreds of miles away, and to top things off, they have very few resources and only enough provisions for two days — four if they ration carefully. Write a short story that relays how they came into their predicament and how they proceed to survive and find their way.
With this scenario, I challenge writers to be honest about their character’s survival skills; let’s be honest not everyone has them. For many authors, it is hard to harm their “babies,” but sometimes you just have to push your babies out of the nest (P.S. Please, do not push real, living babies out of nests — that is just wrong). This little story can end pretty badly, but hopefully, in the process you will learn more about your characters particularly how they cope with stress or being in what could very possibly be hopeless situation.
May the muse be with you. Also bonus points for adding a bear to the story. Why? I just like bears.