Sunday 19 January 2020

For our meeting on January 19th, we thought we would take a leaf from Stephen King. 


He famously does not plot in advance. He takes a situation, develops some characters and then lets the characters decide what happens. You can read more about this in his book ‘On Writing’, which is well worth £10.99 of anybody’s money. 


 “I distrust plot for two reasons: first, because our lives are largely plotless, even when you add in all our reasonable precautions and careful planning; and second, because I believe plotting and the spontaneity of real creation aren’t compatible.”


He uses “what if?” questions to get started. So we thought we would imitate this method. 
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Here’s the situation. What if a person or people are in a car that comes to a halt miles from anywhere? It could be out of petrol, broken down, or something else. 


Create the characters inside the vehicle. 


Let them decide on how the story develops. 


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See how you get on. Up to 1,000 words. 

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