Scene 5: Talismans and Texture

Writing Guidelines

  1. Read/review your scene from yesterday; do this quickly. Try not to linger and edit.
  2. Start the above timer.
  3. Write a today’s scene in first person narrative, in ten minutes or less.
  4. If at any point, the narrative derivates from the original prompt, let it; go where your creativity leads you.
  5. Resist the urge to edit new scenes, try to hold off until the end of the month, focus on your creative process and put the editor away for now.
  6. Stop writing when the timer stops. Take a break. Stand up. Grab a drink. Keep writing new words if you like or, if not, file the scene/narrative in your novel folder.
  7. If you would like to share your narrative, post it to the discussion board below and share it with your course peers. If you end up expanding this narrative into a fuller work and would like written, individualized feedback on it, we invite you to join us for a One on One Workshop. Submit your work at the bottom of this page.
  8. If you have already begun your narrative or are rewriting a fully drafted narrative, use this prompt to further explore character and place. Rewriting a scene can be a fantastic step in the revision process.


Writing Prompt

Choose an iconic element for your protagonist. Something that identifies the character and to which the character is intimately attached. This could be anything. It might have sentimental value. It might be humorous or ridiculous. It might be dark and foreboding. It might be completely mundane and easily overlooked. If you are writing a fantastical story, it might be magical. How does this iconic item parallel the character and provide irony? How can you use this item to create further texture?

Write a scene in which the character interacts with this iconic item. Perhaps it has been lost, found, destroyed, damaged, stolen…? Was the antagonist involved? 




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