Abandoned Doll in Prypiat © kvitlauk
Happy Friday! Bad news: The world just ended, and you need to write a post-apocalypse editorial. (I know, deadlines, deadlines.) Here’s your survival checklist:
- Tell me how the world ended.
- What should humanity do in the following hours?
- What should your citizens avoid?
- I’m scared and confused! Give me the run down and some words of hope!
Okay, go. =]
Flickr Photo © kvitlauk
Very first writing exercise for G&L! Keep in mind that there are no rules, really. Tweak the exercise as you need to tweak it. If you participate, but don’t feel like sharing, that’s just fine, too.
We all have characters that we don’t know as deeply as we should, and as a result they come across as flat and drab in our fiction. In a night class I took several years ago, my teacher insisted that those of us having a hard time hearing our characters’ voices try writing a diary entry from their perspective. It doesn’t matter if the character is your hero, your villain, or a side character whose purpose seems lost but you know belongs in your story. Even if you come up with multiple entries, as long as you provide a link (if you plan to share) you’re welcome to share as many as you like. Remember, you have from Friday until the following Thursday to send me your links to include on that exercise’s post.
Exercise for February 18, 2011: Write a diary entry for a character you don’t know very well, detailing the bits about him/her you’re unsure about. Use his/her voice. Don’t edit, let it come naturally, and you might be surprised what your character has to say. =]
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