February 11, 2008 Archives
You might start by creating a character, based on someone you saw in a train station years ago, or totally out of your own imagination. What one incident in that person's life is worth writing about?
Or, you might start with a genre (fantasy, horror, romance) and try to look for an unusual combination of elements (I once suggested "The Godfather, but with mermaids," which actually makes sense if you've read Hans Christian Andersen's original "The Little Mermaid").
You might start with a line of dialog, or a bit of action. But however you start, once you've begun to identify bits and pieces of the world where your story will take place, the next step is to plan.
I don't know if you are all aware, but Seton Hill has formed an English Club this year! Our goals are to promote literacy, provide community service, engage in literature and inform others about what English has to offer. But most importantly, we're looking for members :)
About 800 words; 5 pages maximum.
There is also a peer-review exercise in Turnitin.com, due Feb 13.
For this assignment, you may choose to expand a dialog that you began as a workbook exercise, but note that I may have given you an "A" on the dialog exercise simply because you demonstrated the ability to punctuate it properly, and because somewhere in the scene you demonstrated the ability to show. If you do re-use an exercise that you have already submitted, you should look at every scene, every line, and every word.
Five pages is not a lot of space. I've posted some helpful tips, so you can make the most of your alloted space.
Usually I only want you to submit electronic copies of your work. This time I want you to bring three printouts to class, for a group activity.