Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Brainstorming Tip: Declarative Sentences

Can't see where your plot is going? Struggling with a characterization? Wrestling with a cardboard setting? Here's a brainstorming tool I just found and wanted to share. Mary Kole, an associate agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, suggests writing 100 declarative sentences about whatever story element you're trying to fix. Suppose you have a character, Boring Goering, who you don't know well enough:
  • BG is twelve years old.
  • BG always uses 100 words when 10 will do.
  • BG blurts out everything she thinks.
  • What BG blurts out invariably gets her into trouble.
Revelation: BG isn't all that boring. (And now all I have to do is find a way to succinctly and non-boringly show that BG's too verbose. Hmmh. Why is it every silver lining seems to be backed with toxic lead?)

Anyway, Mary  Kole's article is here:



1 comment:

  1. Hi -

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