Thursday, October 28, 2010

What can you do in twenty-five words?

I'm stealing this idea from The New Yorker's Book Bench (who got it from a book called HINT: FICTION edited by Robert Swartwood). Although, it can hardly be stealing if I both credit them and post a link, right? Visit the site for some examples if you want.

Also, I want to mention how much I appreciate that the book is "an anthology of stories in 25 words or fewer" (not less) and how much I love the last name Swartwood.

Have fun!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What does your name mean? Does the meaning describe you well? Pick a name with a strong definition and write about a character who either fits that meaning or is the opposite of it.

Alexander - Defender of Man
Cameron - Crooked Nose
Ronald - King's Advisor

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Take a poem you’ve written and turn it into a story or turn a story into a poem. Use a non-fiction piece as inspiration for a fictional story or find truth in a piece of fiction and write about that. Turn your novel into a song or your autobiography into a play. Cross your genres today and see what happens.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Create a character who's easy to love and one who's easy to hate. Let them interact with each other.