Lesson 7

Lesson 7

A Lesson by Tantra Bensko



Write a story using these words: Abigail, mockingbird, trellis, forensics, shatter, mossy, slide, rip, elbow, geode, bike.
Or: jerk, grit, stair, puddle, fall, throw, keys, gigantism, harsh, slice, milk.
Or: illegal, misshapen, cattycorner, parachute, coyote, pipe, sole, ragged, silk, spew.

Do this without thinking too hard about it before you start, but just getting the sense of a setting that could include them all, and as soon as you put any of the words together in your mind that seem like they would make a fun start, begin writing. Let it flow. Revise however you like. Some of the best stories begin with prompts, as they get us out of our usual way of thinking, and make densely surprising narratives that are more entertaining often than anything too close to our own lives.

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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..