Posts Tagged ‘stories’

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Drop Back and Punt…

October 18, 2012

I had a great theme for today’s story… It was supposed to be about a more or less psychopathic guy that is put into the position of being a hero. At the climax of the story, he was supposed to say “So it’s all fun and games until I kill someone…” But the story that I’ve begun doesn’t really sit well with me the way I’ve been telling it so far.
Right now, I’m more wrapped up in the minutiae of setting up the story, and explaining how everything got to that point rather than just telling the story. I think the problem is that I was attempting to start with the line then drop into a flashback setup for everything, but there’s too many characters that need to be positioned, and too much action that needs to be described for me to be comfortable with what I’ve written and for me to take that approach…
So, after I get back from today’s Filmmaker’s Guild meeting at OU, I’m going to scrap what I’ve written, and restart today’s project.
I’ll let you know how it goes…

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Flash Writing Exercise

February 15, 2011

Tonight’s writing class covered the art of flash writing, the creation of short stories in 250-1000 words. Until I started this class, I’d never heard of it, so I won’t blame you if you haven’t either. Our next assignment is to write a piece of flash fiction, due in two weeks, but tonight we needed to give it a shot in class. To spur things along, the professor passed around three bags with folded pieces of paper in them. We each had to take a piece from each bag (which represented occupation, an object/tool/appliance, and a location respectively) and write a quick story in 10 minutes. The three items I got were “balerina”, “high school yearbook”, and “bar in a corner of London.” For me, this was like shooting fish in a barrel. (Mythbusters not withstanding.)

I want to edit this, to flesh things out a bit better and slightly differently, but here’s what I wrote. I call it the “Ballerina of Her Majesty’s Pub.”

She twirled on her tippy toes, over and over, pirouette after pirouette, dizzying all who watched her in Her Majesty’s Royal Stein on the west end of London. She reminded me of a girl I had known only by a picture in my high school yearbook in years long past: beautiful beyond reality, long blonde hair, and a dazzling smile.

The ballerina spun dangerously to the bar and a couple of patrons that eagerly and lustfully looked on, but she paid them no heed. To her, there was only the dance as if flowed through her graceful motions. Drunk on a pint of Guinness or wine, the only things that mattered to her were the dance and the moment.

Her golden hair drew out behind her spin as a scarf on the wind, and captured the attentions of all in the tavern. There was more than one cry of “Brilliant!” as she leaped and spun, and even a woman or two could be heard commenting that the girl, Sarah, was a “right fine lass.”

Her dance ended in a sudden leap, landing with impossible grace. She threw her hands up, bowed her head, then emptied her stomach on the floor.

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What would you do with these plot points?

July 25, 2009

Lately, I’ve been coming up with various ideas for stories, mostly based around some specific plot points, and yet I’m not sure if I can, could, should, or will use them. Some of these ideas/plot points seem over-used or cliche to me, so while I think they’re cool, I don’t really want to throw another derivative work out there to be mocked and criticized. On the other hand, 90% of the time, what determines the value of a story is not it’s unique plot, but how it was written and used.

If you use these ideas, please let me know, and share your story with me privately. I’m just curious. Otherwise, I’d just like to hear your comments and ideas.

So, without further ado, here they are:

  • Fearing a potential alien invasion, a multi-national join military and research organization builds an underwater base, developing highly advanced technology, and creates a world defence force to protect Earth.
  • Psychological battle between two men, one an invulnerable, omnipotent (but not omniscient) being and his very much mortal nemesis. In some respects the omnipotent being would be similar to Dr. Manhattan from The Watchmen, but far from being all knowing, or being capable of existing in multiple places at the same time. It should be difficult to determine who the protagonist and antagonist in the story are, if there really is a protagonist or antagonist at all.
  • A story where the villain not only wins, but has already done so by the time the story begins.
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