I came across this most vivid sentence this week:
“They want you to fail so they won’t be alone.”
Who are they? Doesn’t matter. It’s anyone who beats you down. It’s anyone who sneers at you. Anyone who prays for you to trip so they can laugh when you fall. And what a delicious twist – “so they won’t be alone.”
Write a two person scene between an Teenager and their best friend. A confrontation right before the teen leaves for New York to go to school. The best friend verbalizes their doubt that the teen will ever succeed. And at some point, throw in that twist. So they won’t be alone. Does the best friend deny? Does the teen express empathy? Who is alone at the end?