Thursday, September 2, 2010

Where Were You Last Night?

This is the exercise I'm going to give my Creative Writing students today, ask them to write a brief scene, using that question as their first sentence: Where were you last night?

They could use it in a piece of dialogue, an inner thought of a character, any way they choose. They could write in first person, third person, even second. The main character could be anyone, in any given situation.

That idea came from the brilliant "What If" book that I use each class period (details over on the left-hand menu). Exercises like this are a wonderful way for writers to keep up the creativity level, even during busy, non-writing times...

Can't wait to hear what the students come up with. It's surprising, how different their stories always are from each other, even given the exact same prompt...

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