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“The Truth, The Half-Truth, and Anything but the Truth”. Begin a story or scene with a sentence that starts with a truth, proceeds to a half-truth, and then moves on to a complete lie.

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The truth the half truth and anything but the truth

“The Truth, The Half-Truth, and Anything but the Truth”

Begin a story or scene with a sentence that starts with a truth, proceeds to a half-truth, and then moves on to a complete lie.

“When I was twelve, my father died. My mother was heartbroken and ran away with the mailman. Now, every four months I get a post-card from Minneapolis.” (72)

All true until the word heartbroken, and then everything else is a lie.

-Monica Wood in Naming the World


Causing a scene from debra sparks in naming the world
Causing a Scene-from Debra Sparks in Naming the World

Step 1:

Imagine yourself as a character observing two

People who are—for whatever reason—not

where they are supposed to be. As an observer

you are not participating in the scene, just

watching.

“Mistaken Identity”-Tony Hoagland

http://dwitkowski.blogspot.com/2008/05/mistaken-identity-by-tony-hoagland.html



Step 2:

After writing for a page, focus on one aspect of the dress or appearance of one of the people you are observing. Write about that detail for half a page.


Step 3:

When you are done, write one of these two phrases on your paper: “What I’ve never understood is…” or “What I’ve always wanted to know is…”

Finish one of the two sentences and then continue writing for another half a page.


Step 5:

When you’re done, start a sentence with the word “Now…” Finish the sentence as you return to the action of the story.

Continue until you finish your scene.


How to use this
How to use this?

  • You can leave this as a poem, turn it into a drama, or form a short story/novel from what you have started here!


The pleasantries of life

The pleasantries of life…

Step 1: Write about the nicest thing that has happened to you this week. YOU WILL BE SHARING THIS WITH ONE OTHER PERSON.


Step 2: Use your clocks and divide in to pairs.

Step 3: Read your partner what you wrote down



Step 5: Add conflict into the pleasant experience.*In this step, you are not “doing” something nasty or vindictive to your partner. You are using this as an inspiration for fiction, imagining where it will take you.


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