What if?: Week one

Friday, April 07, 2006

Week one

Joyce Carol Oates in her essay, "The Nature of Short Fiction; or, the Nature of My Short Fiction," she admits to be "greatly interested in the newspapers and Ann Lander's columns and in True Confessions and in the anecdotes told under the guise of 'gossip'. Amazing revelations!" She said she has written a number of stories based on "the barest newspaper accounts" by re-dramatizing them.

For this week's exercise, collect some stories or headlines from tabloids, Weekly World News, (or since we are now so modern, perhaps a lead in from The Onion, or AP Odd News,) that seem to you to form---either partially or wholly, the basis for a story. Then, write a story based on one of them. (Where does it begin, end, who's POV is telling the story?) Be creative, and ideally the piece should be kept to under 750 words.

The objective is to 1) see and understand how and what triggers your imagination, and how when you dramatize a story, it becomes your story. 2) Increase your awareness of the stories that exist all around us. 3) practice how and where to enter a story, and where to leave off.

Post your stuff here by next Friday and we'll all have at them, including the viewing public! Pieces can then be polished if so desired and re-posted the next week.

Speaking of next week, please also see the post below to help form our next exercise.

Get busy time,


Blogger Lisa said...

I'm so excited!! Sounds like a great exercise.

thanks for doing this...

3:24 PM  
Blogger Bud said...

This is the coolest thing ever. I'm gonna lurk, however, as all my serious writing is in the form of song lyrics. So I'll be trolling from the trollers, so to speak. I did post a song today that is very much like this exercise, though. The POV is Terri Schiavo.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Leesa said...

Interesting exercise!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Giovanna said...

Bud, I checked it out. You're cool man. I have to tell you, I am huge music person. HUGE. I often post reviews and rec's and love to talk about it, so please do keep coming by.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Nancy Dancehall said...

I've already got two story ideas...now to find the time!

4:44 PM  

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