Short Story Prompt – 2: Childhood Memory

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For your short story, write about a childhood memory (either a real one, or one of your own invention) with an unreliable narrator/main character. Use the distortions and superstitions and insecurities of a child’s perspective to guide your plot choices, and take it somewhere that’s awkward, mysterious, terrifying, or overly romanticized. Your narrator/MC can either be a child, or an adult looking back on childhood who is still somehow incapable of knowing or telling the whole truth of a situation. 

One example of this is Death by Landscape by Margaret Atwood, where Atwood successfully constructs secrecy and mystery within the narrative through the main character’s memories of a friend at summer camp.

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