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A discussion to stoke your writing fire.
Posted: 7/19/2010 6:40 PM PDT
Dial 1 for settings:
The sidewalk, slippery with ice, is glistening in the light of a waxing gibbous moon. A scarlet glove, soaked through, is lying expectantly in the gutter, a note tucked inside of it.
Dial 2 for characters:
His face was reddening with shame, and he pulled away, his eyes growing hooded once more. Thirteen and already jaded. Thirteen and he had so many regrets in his life. Thirteen and he had seen things many older people would have been horrified at. He bade me goodbye and, seizing his notebook, walked away.
Dial 3 for dramatic entrances:
The man was sitting quietly inside his cubicle, when, for no apparent reason, he stood up, announced his resignation, and waltzed out of the building with nothing in his arms.
"I'm free," he said, his voice husky with emotion.
Dial 4 for dialogue:
Wait 'til you see the next part.
Dial 6 for verbs:
Dial 7 for calisthenics:
An airplane crash that happened in 1973
A first-edition copy of The Outsiders
Dial 8 to kill a character:
She looked at the revolver, looked at her husband, looked at the revolver again, seized it, and pressed it to her head. And then without warning, she dropped it, mounted the balcony railing, and flung herself over the edge.
Dial 9 for endings:
As her head began to buzz with drowsiness, she slipped under the blankets and smiled bitterly. She had come so far to get here, and now it was all over. The thrill of the chase was all but gone.