Lesson 3A Lesson by Tantra Bensko
Create a story by making a numbered list. See if you can keep it to under 1000 words, which qualifies it as Flash Fiction.
Think of all the kinds of lists you engage with -- laundry lists, grocery, list of lovers, guests to a party, things you want to do before you die, traits you want to improve, etc. And see if there is some way you can make that list creative. Like, imaginative clothes or ridiculous guests, or tragic traits. Then, who can you make a creative list into some kind of narrative?
The narrative action could be about the person making the list, the narrator. Does she change over the course of making the list in some way, transform? That change is the plot.
The narrative action could come from the subject of the story taking place over a certain time period in which something changes and comes to some conclusion.
It could come from the transformation of the reader. There could be a lot of mystery she's trying to solve, and then she starts catching on, and at the end, experiences some kind of strong emotion, or new insight.
What other ways could make it into a narrative? It doesn't need to be an obvious, simple narrative plot. Just a pleasing list that leads the reader through an experience in a masterful way, and the reader feels the impact of the ending as being satisfying.
You are welcome to contact me for possible feedback on one and only one story in the class. Assuming I'm available at the time, I will give you my response, though not necessarily as detailed and time-consuming as it would be if you were a client, for fairness sake. But this is a gift I'd be glad to give.
My email is flameflower at runbox dot com. Make your subject line: Writers Cafe Experimental Course.
Added on March 19, 2013
Last Updated on March 19, 2013
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