“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.
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
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
“Mistaken Identity”-Tony Hoagland
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.
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.
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.
Step 1: Write about the nicest thing that has happened to you this week. YOU WILL BE SHARING THIS WITH ONE OTHER PERSON.
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.