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Pranks and Perspective

Write a story or a scene about one character playing a prank on another. Describe the scene from both characters' points of view.

What were your favorite April Fools pranks this year? I had a few favorites from the writing world. For instance, this one from Amazon Publishing was pretty spectacular:

Also, Jeff VanderMeer—who will be one of our keynote speakers at the

WD Annual Conference

—announced a kids' version of his definitely-not-for-kids Southern Reach trilogy, which includes

Annihilation

,

Authority

, and

Acceptance

.

And of course, the rest of the WD team and I had a bit of fun designing this mock cover for Writer's Digestion magazine. (You can read more about it and see a larger image of the cover here.)

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But more to the point, here's this week's writing prompt:

The Prompt:

Write a story or a scene about one character playing a prank on another. Describe the scene from both characters' points of view.

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