Monday, April 15, 2013

Writing Tips - Pairs

Writing Tips - Pairs

What is it said about opposites? Pairing sentences that seem like the opposite might be the creative jump your story needs. It could help you provide focus for your story. Give these exercises a try and see where they take you. You'll find it helpful to begin by writing sentences in arbitrary pairs with established parameters.

1. Write the first sentence about a birth. Now, write the first sentence about a death.

2. Try another pairing such as falling in love and filing for divorce.

3. Try pairs that are not in opposition, such as spring and summer.

4. Invent your own pairs.

The Objective: This is a way to sharpen skill by working for a specific kind of clarity. It is about naming essences.