Lesson 5

Lesson 5

A Lesson by Tantra Bensko

Break out of a pattern.


Pay attention to the anecdotes you tell people, the stories you tell yourself in your head about the narrative of your life as you remember it. Think about any fiction you've written before, and the kind of mood you are generally in. For example, do you tend to be melancholic and heavy, analytical, ponderous? If so, your goal for this exercise is to do something out of character. To write something the reverse of that, active, playful, silly, light, you can work with your own psychology in whatever way helps. But include movement. If you have any way to be alone start dancing around, getting more lively, making yourself laugh, acting out animals, interpreting anything that comes to mind with your actions. Make them quick and do them with flare.

Whatever your pattern is, reverse it by movement and intent and write a story you would have never written before. If this is the one you're thinking of sending me for a free evaluation, keep it Flash Fiction.

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Tantra Bensko
Tantra Bensko

Berkeley, CA

I teach fiction writing through UCLA Ex. Writing Program, and my own academy online where I focus on Experimental Writing, which I also teach through Writers College when I have time. I have nearly 20..