Sunday, March 11, 2007

Fresh Ideas

To me, March means sessions of creativity and new ideas.

Our critique group held a writer's conference this weekend. We had around sixty in attendance, met new people, hugged old friends, and got a few new writing hints.

One conference speaker challenged us to "write a story" in the hour that she spoke.

She had us invent a character with a motivation, conflict, and goal.

Then, we were to invent a secondary character who has different motivation, goal, and conflict.

Our speaker then said to picture a setting and place the two characters in a scene with dialogue.

We wrote quietly for several minutes. When finished, many of us had ideas for new short stories or even novels!

Fun stuff!

Why don't you try it?