Unlock the Muse – June 27, 2018

It’s the end of June. 2018 is half over already. How is that possible? Nonetheless, it is true. And it also means it is time once again for Camp NaNoWriMo, July edition. For this session, I’ve decided to return to a sci-fi/fantasy hybrid novel that I started some time ago. Lately it has been clamoring for my attention

Here is your writing prompt for this week:

Setting the stage: Is the time and place of your latest story clear? Go through your work, and extract words or phrases that depict the surroundings. Have you clearly set the place and time?

This week I began reading the chapter on dialogue in The 3 A.M. Epiphany, by Brian Kiteley. A real life conversation is messy, but a fictional one can’t afford to be. It’s important to make every word count in your fictional conversations – those said as well as unsaid. In fact, what goes unsaid is often even more important. Here’s an exercise to help you focus on body language:

Write a “conversation” in which no words are said. It might be best to have a stranger observe this conversation, rather than showing us the thoughts of one of the people involved in the conversation, because the temptation to tell us what the conversation is about is so great from inside of the conversation. 600 words.



Happy writing!

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