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Opening A Story

Objective: To see how experimenting with several ways of opening your story can lead you to a better understanding of whose story it is, and what the focus of the story will be.

The Exercise:
See how many ways you can open a story that you are working on. How does each change the story? Continue reading “Opening A Story”

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Before It Begins

Objective: To understand how stories and novels – and the characters in those stories and novels – all have a history that affects their forward movement and resolution.

The Exercise:
First, return to a favorite story and make a list of events that occurred before page one. Ask: how do these events affect the story after page one and move the story to resolution? Do this exercise with several stories and novels.
Second, do this with the last story you wrote or the one that you are working on.