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Transcript of Fictional Writing
Exercise 1 (Dialogue): Write a short scene between two characters in the story you are working on (it doesn't have to be one you end up using in the story). The scene should be all dialogue with neither character identified with tags like "...said Joe" or "...answered Lauren." The goal is to know your characters so well that they can convey who they are to the reader based solely on what they say and how they say it.
Exercise 2 (Description): Now take the all-dialogue scene you just wrote and populate it with vivid descriptions of the people and place, using "concrete" and "telling" details that appeal to the five senses and give the reader insight into who these characters are. Really try to paint the picture for the re
--Exercise 4 (Setting): What is the primary Setting (place and time) in your story? If there are several, pick one and try describing the same place but at a different time period. What would change about the setting? How would they show that change to a reader? Why does it matter that their story takes place where it does and when it does?
--Exercise 2 (Theme): Oftentimes writers don't discover the Themes of their stories until they've finished writing them and maybe even let them sit a while. But push yourself to think of what they have written so far on their stories (specific scenes, events, images, lines of dialogue). Why do you think you felt drawn to write about this? What seems to be the main concerns or ideas that connect all these various elements of their stories?
Sometimes I think my friend has strange powers. Every time he's around...