Thursday, April 19, 2007
ASSIGNMENT: DANGEROUS LINES
Members of the Bay Areas Writers group looked around the table at one another...we talked gaily for some time, enjoying one another's company, sharing anecdotes, solving the world's problems, discussing just about everything except writing. I suppose writers need a night to just enjoy one another and set aside the craft? Maybe it helps to clear out the brain.
So, that being said, let me kick the writers' in the butt and hand out an assignment to get us all going again. Jon, Phyllis...and crotchety John, this is for you. Of course, like all of my assignments, this is for anyone else who would like to participate. Whether it's one or thirty of you.
In case someone is reading this who hasn't participated, here's how it's done. We all do the writing assignment (usually an activity designed to work on one aspect of writing), then post it on our individual blogs. You send the addresses of where the assignment is being posted to me, and on April 25th, I will post all the addresses. Then, we travel from blog to blog, noshing here, relishing there, and offer up comment and critiques.
That being said, here is the assignment:
Character development and plot is based on conflict. Write about 700-2000 word short story where the tension between the two characters runs beneath the surface. You know the type...body language, looks, more of what isn't said than what is being said, perhaps the way it is said...the tension should shimmer. It should never reach critical mass, but it ride along like quicksilver, or perhaps a dynamite fuse.
And the title of your work will be: DANGEROUS LINES.