Free College! Week 2
“I don’t want to hear whining about how it’s so difficult. Oh, I don’t tolerate any of that because most of the people who’ve ever written are under enormous duress, myself being one them. So whining about how they can’t get it is ridiculous.”
Review your lists of 25 Random Facts from Week 1 and select one sentence that you really admire. Use that sentence as the first line in a story.
Are you keeping your writing journal. This writing journal is not your diary but to be used as a writer’s equivalent to a sketchbook. You will keep a journal and make daily entries of at least one page (750 typed words). These entries can be examinations of characters, settings, voice and story. The journal is being used as a tool to build a daily practice.
Read “Sandman” from Ms. Hempel Chronicles, by Sarah Shun-lein Bynum. Examine the techniques the author is using to build suspense. Write the last line of a story first. Then write a 3-5 page story knowing you have to get to that last line.
Write a story about this bus driver. First from the first person. Then the third person.
Write a story about these two neighbors. Pay attention to setting, and allowing the setting infiltrate your story.
That’s it for this week! Good luck everyone.