Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 17

Novelists... fashioning nets to sustain and support the reader as he falls helplessly through the chaos of his own existence."

~Fay Weldon



Prompts of the Day:

Humpty dumpty took a great fall (and had a silly name, to boot). So does your character. Where s/he lands, nobody knows.
Fall out of a car, off a mountain, oh how the mighty do fall, fall from grace, fall asleep...



Tip of the Day:

Dream sequences, flashbacks, fantasies - these can all make great filler, but some people hesitate to use them because they don't want to mess up the story with something meaningless. I understand that; I try to avoid word-filler for the sake of filler, too (though many people would call avoiding filler a NaNo deadly sin). However, things you write out of sequence, like dreams or flashbacks, can be more than that. Taking a break from your direct narrative can help jostle loose ideas you might have been struggling with, or give you a vehicle to approach something your character is thinking or feeling that s/he might otherwise be reluctant to describe directly.

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