Posts Tagged ‘story’

In a perfect world…

In Writing on April 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I’ve posted a few writing exercises, but so far no straight up story prompts, so today I thought I would do exactly that!

Line art representation of a Quill

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine a perfect world. No one suffers, no one wants for anything, and no one sees any way in which the world could be improved. Now pretend you’re a writer in this world (if you think writers would even exist) and write the kind of story you think that writer would write. What would the story be about? Does it serve any function?

Get creative and try to keep to a 1000 word limit. When you’re done, comment with your story or a link to it.

Next week, I’ll choose a few and post them (with credits, of course) in a follow-up post!

Avoiding ‘punchlines’

In Writing on April 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

After yesterday’s post, I thought it might be useful today to talk about a writing principle related to that story: the principle of avoiding ‘punchlines.’

What is a ‘punchline’ story?

We’ve all read punchline stories — stories where the whole meaning or effect hinges on a twist at the very end. Punchlines are the basis not only of jokes but also of mystery stories and spy thrillers and many a metaphysical mind-bender. These stories, just like jokes, are better or worse depending on how hard or easy it is to predict their final twist.

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