aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

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:
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
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
Do you have a favorite story kernel?

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