Friday, July 04, 2008
The Kitchen List
My Kitchen List
1. toaster oven
Use the ten items in a story, screenplay scene, paragraph, or any other writing form that pleases you to do one or more of the following:
Play a practical joke
Create a spy thriller
Commit a murder
Help a woman have a baby
Prolong a life (until help arrives)
Make a science project
prove someone's innocence
weave into an episode of your favorite TV show
The challenge, of course, is that you must use all ten objects. You can add as many other objects or people or situations or conditions that you like, it is your writing, after all. But those ten specific items MUST be used. They can be crucial elements or simple things woven into your story. But they must be used. All of them.
What just happened here?
Murder? A wedding? Lovemaking? Someone's world just came crashing down? Someone's world just lit up with joy?
Pick any or all of these locations and tell us what just happened there:
As an exercise in genre, try doing more than one kind of story or scenario for one picture.
Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue
Character: Squiggles the Clown
Squiggles tries to hide it from his fellow circus performers but he has a deep psychological terror over the color Yellow. Something happened to him as a child that now forces him to associate the color Yellow with that horrible memory.
Squiggles loves Blue. In fact, he loves the color Blue so much, he painted the entire inside of his trailer Blue. It fights the Yellow in this world. Blue makes him feel safe.
Red is the color of pretty flowers and brand new bicycles but Red is also the color of what happens to little boys when they go into the Yellow.
Fill in the blanks of my little brain fart you see here or invent one of your own!
|A mosaic is a picture composed of a lot of smaller pieces. The smaller pieces might be whole pictures of their own.|
Using these "story pieces," create your own scene or paragraph or short story.
1. a young mother struggles with a full shopping cart and the baby in the baby seat
2. a teenage boy uses fake I.D. to purchase a gun
3. the terrifying memory of being lost and separated from family at a large amusement park
4. the teacher who smells like mothballs
5. a wallet stuffed with cash
6. the fragrance of jasmine
7. belly laugh
8. spilled tabasco sauce
9. three friends, together
10. the power goes out
What's waiting at the end of this road?
Where's your list of words to describe this scene? What kinds of words would you use? Would your words describe the "mood" of this setting? Would those same words also describe your main character or could you create a character those words describe?
Where does this road lead? What is waiting in the foggy mist? Are there good surprises waiting or would a traveller on this road face danger and/or evil?
What waits at the end of the journey?
Collect your thoughts and your words. Create a character and a story inspired by those thoughts and words. Make it a whole story, a scene from a screenplay, a synopsis, any format that pleases you and allows you to unleash that monster (The Writer) in you waiting to get out.
20 Master Plot Exercises
Use these basic outlines and questions to inspire you in your writing. You can even use this stuff to refine/revise something you've already written. CLICK HERE TO VISIT THIS WEBSITE.
Based on the book "20 Master Plots (And How to Build Them)" by Ronald B.Tobias. ISBN 0-89879-595-8