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