December 16th, 2008

Story Kernels

I’m so glad the fiction team at one of my publishers had all of their writers read Janet Burroway's Writing Fiction.

Here’s one exercise I really liked:
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Identify the kernel of a short story from your experience of one of the following.
An early memory
An unfounded fear
A scar
A bad haircut
Yesterday
A sudden change in a relationship
The loss of a small object
Conflict over a lesson you were taught or never taught
An experience you still do not fully understand
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Do you have a favorite story kernel?



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What do you owe your blog readers?

Well, according to a couple of people who stopped by author Lee Goldberg's blog, a lot. [Full disclosure: I have once ridden in a car with Lee's brother, Tod!] One off Lee's readers wanted him to post her articles and link back to her web site (when it's his blog and he doesn't post other people's articles). Another had a simple request: "I would really appreciate it if you would read the manuscript and give me your detailed critique. I would also like a blurb I could use to help sell it (I will give it prominent placement on the book when it is published). I need your comments no later than Feb. 1, 2009."

Are people really that clueless?

Maybe they are, judging by all the people I've seen trying to drive around on our local skating rink streets without any sign of four-wheel drive, chains, studs, winter tires, etc. Right now, one of them is literally spinning their wheels down the street.

To read more about Lee's requests, click here. Be sure to click at top so you can see the second "request."



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I need the rest of the story - armed burglars demand eggbeater

The AP reports: TAMPA, Fla. – It really must have been a special item. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, two men entered a man's home early Sunday and demanded his eggbeater. One suspect was holding a pistol while the other brandished a knife to the resident's neck. Police caught the men outside the home and they are being held in Orient Road Jail. One suspect also faces a charge of aggravated assault. Police found the eggbeater in the man's left pocket.

Okay. You guess: what's the rest of the story?



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