Having for years taught fiction writing, I’m missing sitting around some oblong table hashing out scene and character issues over dog-eared manuscripts and cold cups of coffee. So let’s see if we can make this work, a workshop hop!
Meant to be informal but constructive. Open to all who write or would like to try their hand at writing fiction.
Weekly, I’ll offer writing prompts, some inspirational, but mostly ones to help you focus better on the editorial and control of voice, etc. Remember, these are just offerings.
The first prompt is to write in the close first person
John Updike’s short story “A & P” is a great example of writing from this close “I” colloquial point of view; it is in the spoken tone here, that we come to know this character is a teenager:
“In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits. I’m in the third check-out slot, with my back to the door, so I don’t see them until they’re over by the bread. The one that caught my eye first was the one in the plaid green two-piece. She was a chunky kid, with a good tan and a sweet broad soft-looking can with those two crescents of white just under it, where the sun never seems to hit, at the top of the backs of her legs. I stood there with my hand on a box of HiHo crackers trying to remember if I rang it up or not. I ring it up again and the customer starts giving me hell. She’s one of these cash-register-watchers, a witch about fifty with rouge on her cheekbones and no eyebrows, and I knowit made her day to trip me up. She’d been watching cash registers forty years and probably never seen a mistake before.”
1). Comment on at least three other posts.
2). Preface your post with “Sandra’s Writers Workshop Hop” linked back to my blog. Yes, to advertise Moi, but also to clarify your post is up to be “workshopped.” Which means to be commented on thoughtfully, with an eye and ear to character, scene and point of view. Or whatever just strikes you about the “manuscript.”
3). Return each Friday for the next prompt, and post by the following Weds
4). Tweet and Facebook the workshop if you can (pretty please)
5). I’ll get around to all your posts you if you bring the cyber (hot! ) coffee! I’m leaving this one up for a bit as I had to repost.
Come back to grab my button – I had to take it down as it’s not working:( but will tinker with it. It looks nice though, right?