That last gap there? That was finals. Being a college student, or any student, means life spikes around the end of semesters. Life gets swept up in papers and testing and you hardly get a chance to notice the seasons changing.
Hopefully, now that I’m settled out of school for the summer I hope the to get this blog back in action, starting with the twice a week posting I promised.
I’m going to do my best to hit all the categories for you as I go. But for this post, I’m going to do a speed run.
Exercise: Fiction: Take an idea you have or a story you have written and write it like a screenplay – all dialogue and action, no internal states or thoughts.
Genre/Form: Twisted Realism/Magical Realism is a genre known by many names. The basic concept is this – take one element that is unnatural and insert it into the normal, every day world. A ghost who instead of killing of the inhabitants of a house, makes things go stale faster. A parking garage where change vanishes from cars. A mermaid that lives in a local pool.
Links and Recommendations: WATCH THE AVENGERS. Seriously. Pay attention to character, little things that make relationships and character work. How does this movie keep the ensemble together. Joss Weadon is an amazing writer and those are his strengths.
Professionals: William Faulkner famously said: Murder your Darlings – don’t hold too tightly to any part of your writing. If someone tells you to cut something, you have to be willing to consider their advice
Prompts: A race; coloring; disappointment; a false witness; a teaching assistant given more work and power than they should be.