Not 10 minutes after despairing over a lack of a plot, it came to me. I saw my character in my head, and he looked tired. I asked him what he needed, and he told me. He needs the world to hear his story.
I can’t wait to tell it for him.
OK. I have this character in my head, but can’t figure out how to build a story around him. I’ve fleshed him out. He’s ready to go to work.
Maybe the plot will come later tonight.
From Creating Short Fiction, I did the following:
- Observe a living being (plant, sleeping dog, person, etc, etc) and watch them until you learn something about them. Write a paragraph describing that.
- People watch. Find someone / a couple on the subway and note things about them. Describe them well in your notebook.
The purpose of both of the exercises is to help you learn to see.