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Frame it as Feeling

Change descriptive writing to feeling and sensation in an existing work (yours), three to ten pages. Describe external action as a result or venting of inner emotional states. Notes & Hints: Feel free to reduce the explicit actions to gene...
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Translate Into Genre

Translate Into Genre Re-write, as genre writing, up to three pages of an existing work (yours). Choices can include Noir Thriller, Sci-fi, Murder Mystery, Romance, Young Adult, Magic/Fantasy. The gotcha: you must describe the same events, not just...
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Write backwards

Write one line at a time. Start with the last line and end with the first. No more than three pages. There should be a powerful, transforming, or revelatory event somewhere in the middle, approximately. Notes & Hints: No cheating: no writ...
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Plot the Action

Plot every action in an existing work (yours) —for three to ten pages. Choose a selection that has sufficient action (which includes everything from she “fired the bazooka” to he “looked up.” Turn it into a list of actions, highly clarified. Prov...
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Ten pages of extended metaphor —or as many as you can manage up to ten. (I borrow this from Jonathan Galassi’s assignment to our CUNY Fellows.) Notes & Hints: Here’s what we discovered: a metaphor that continues beyond a page is difficult;...
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Describe a rock—but make it “really’ about something else. No explicit metaphoric transformations permitted, no “like” or “as if” that tips the game. This is about internal processes, exercising one’s ability to be absorbed with one idea while wr...
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Parts of Speech Warning: these prompts can seriously disrupt entrenched habits. One Article (a, an, the) per page. Cheating with lots of banal replacements (one, this, that) is discouraged, unless it’s part of a deliberate scheme. Up to three...
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From “Politics and the English Language” George Orwell 1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. 2. Never use a long word where a short one will do. 3. If it is possible to cut a word out, al...
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Commas and sequences....


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