Self-Editing: Repetition

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” — Mark Twain Free writing: Carefully describe a recent event or place that was meaningful to you. You can easily see when you’ve repeated a word…

Resisting being put into a Box

Write a short scene/dialogue between two characters where one is trying to put the other one in a box and the other is resisting being put into a box 10 mins Look at what you wrote in the first exercise.…

Writing Effective Descriptions

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Prompt: Choose a person or an object in this room and describe this person/object so that your listeners can recognize him/her/it (10 min). I didn’t know exactly how much I sucked at writing descriptions until two different agents from the…

6 Rules of Writing List Stories

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We love lists: “10 steps to lose weight” or “33 words the English language should have” or “13 alternate endings for Breaking Bad.” You can tell stories with lists, too. Free writing: 1. List 10 things that intrigue you or…

Using Setting to Enhance Character

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For our April 8 meeting of the Madrid Writers Group, we discussed how writers can use setting to paint a complex character. A particular place can mean something completely different to two different people. For instance, the tree in my…