What haven’t you noticed in the world around you, or in the world of your story?
Archive | November, 2010
One of my favorite stories is only fifty-three words long. Bedtime Story by Jeff Whitmore: “Careful honey, it’s loaded,” he said, re-entering the bedroom. Her back rested against the headboard. “This for your wife?” “No. Too chancy. I’m hiring a professional.” “How about me?” He smirked. “Cute. But who’d be dumb enough to hire a […]
We all have to get somewhere somehow. What is your character’s usual mode of transportation? What does it say about him? As we’ve mentioned before, make every detail–even something as simple as how he gets to work–count.
Look just beyond the surface of your story. Is there a recurring theme you hadn’t noticed before? What about a hidden motivation you never knew your character had? Can you use your discoveries to your story’s advantage?
You’re eating at a restaurant on Santorini–or any other Greek island–and admiring a remarkable view. Describe what you’re eating and drinking, the climate, your surroundings, who you’re with, and what’s going through your mind.
There’s no snow in sight–yet. So if you’re writing a scene that takes place outside in the winter, you have to imagine. Today describe the feelings of winter, from the sting of sleet on your exposed skin to to the feeling of a snowball sticking to your mittens. Make a list if you wish, or […]
Take your main character on a road trip. What’s on his or her playlist?
Who used to live here, who will live here in the future? Tell this house’s story, letting the sense of smell guide the reader. Do you smell simmering soup from happy days gone by, fresh flowers gracing the entrance and welcoming guests at a party? What about fresh, tropical air flooding through the rooms when […]
Look outside your window, the one you’re sitting closest to right now. Spend ten minutes freewriting, jotting down whatever comes to mind. Now that you’re warmed up, it’s time to get to work on your current project (maybe the one from Saturday). See if you can write 1,667 words again today.