Monday, April 28, 2014

A Writing Exercise

Resource: Some Seeds to start YOUR Fiction by John Dufresne (article appeared in The Writer magazine.)

Start with a character.

Many stories begin with a character.

Here's one from the unfortunate news of the day: Your character is a polish priest who hears the confession of his colleague and fellow curate at St Paul's Church and learns that his trusted companion has molested a child.

Here's another: a mother whose child has been abducted.

Thirteen Writing Prompts by Dan Wiencek gives us a couple of other examples you can choose from.

Write a scene showing a man and a woman arguing over the man's friendship with a former girlfriend. Do not mention the girlfriend, the man, the womann, or the argument.

Browse the personals section in your local newspaper on online. Pick a person and based on the details provided, create an expanded profile on him/her. Then create a character sketch.

Write for approximately 20 minutes and then let's see what you've written. Post them here if you'd like. Or keep them to yourself. Maybe they'll be the spark of a short story or something longer.

Good luck!

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