GWW Exercise #2

Prompt: Write down ten things that might possibly serve as story ideas, drawing from things that happened to you over the past week– people, emotions, thoughts, situations. Nothing is too big or small, cosmic or microscopic. Then review your list and pick the idea that looks the most promising for a story. The right idea will probably give you a buzz when you see it. Then list several ways in which this idea might be turned into a fictional story. Will your idea result in a brilliant story? Maybe, maybe not. But you’ll probably discover how plentiful ideas can be.

  1. Job interview
  2. Altercation with sister-in-law
  3. My baby turned 16 weeks old
  4. Planning for a trip to the beach
  5. Deadlifted over 400 lbs
  6. My mother ignored my messages
  7. Looked into a coaching job at an alma mater
  8. Read “Crime and Punishment” every night
  9. My father spun a web of negativity around a promising endeavor
  10. Met a couple with very similar backgrounds and synchronicities

Looking into a coaching job at an alma mater could easily be turned into a work of fiction, Familiarity with the setting first and foremost…followed by the process of applying, getting the job, moving, etc. Would be an interesting story. Maybe I’ll run with it one day.

GWW Exercise 1

Prompt: “Choose a work of fiction that you cherish. In a single sentence, try to state the major reason why you love reading this work. Then list several ways with which the author achieved this effect. The reasons don’t have to employ any fancy terms and they don’t have to make sense to anyone but you. You’re simply trying to tune in to the source of the magic.”

This Side of Paradise: Amory Blaine is the quintessential college student; enamored with women, drifting aimlessly, and steeped in an upper-class upbringing which rubs most of his peers the wrong way.

  1. The setting of Princeton could not be any more perfect for such a character.
  2. The endless and intricate pursuit of his love interests in detail.
  3. His lack of structure and effort in his registered courses, yet he delves into poetry and literature of his own choosing.
  4. A lack of direction fuels his borderline nihilistic approach to life.
  5. The sense of prestige and ease of his life.
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