aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Carefully taught

One of my publishers had all of their novelists read Janet Burroway's Writing Fiction.

One writing exercise from the book that I liked was this one:
List five specific things your family members or best friend taught you to do (for example, to drive a stick shift, to sneak into R-rated movies, build a fire in the rain).

Then list five specific things they never taught you to do (jump from a speeding Jeep, lock my mother’s boss in his office, write Valentines.)

Do one or two lessons suggest a larger story or evoke a vivid picture? Can any lessons be combined?

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