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Exercises in Style

Friday, January 19th, 2018

I started an exercise similar to┬áRaymond Queneau’s “Exercises de Style” but much simpler, taken from John Gardner’s “The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers“. “Take a simple event: A man gets off a bus, trips, looks around in embarrassment, and sees a woman smiling. (Compare Raymond Queneau, Exercises de Style.) Describe the […]

Theatresports for writers, courtesy of blog spammers

Friday, April 8th, 2011

I have a blog, actually more than one blog, but all are anonymous and all very narrowly focused in terms of topic, which is probably why I have more than one. The main one has been around long enough that I get the same blog comment spam as anyone who has a blog of their […]

POV Exercise

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

I’m not certain how this is going to work out, but here’s the deal: Write a scene and identify the point of view that it uses. Then re-write the same scene from another point of view, and then another, and then another, until all four (first person, third person, third person limited, second person) are […]