Monday, November 19, 2012

Strangers For Fiction

Imagine a story about a lady and her tiger.

The actions of strangers provide fodder for fiction and poetry. When you stand in line or spend time in a restaurant, or while walking, observe those around you. Make notes on their body language and vocal varieties.

For each stranger you notice, imagine responses to these questions:

l.  What overwhelming situation has this person experienced?
2.  Describe his or her deepest desire.
3.  Detail the type of tattoo that seems appropriate.
4.  What profession or avocation suits the stranger's appearance?
5.  What would this individual never do?

After you've collected several characters, add facial characteristics and the details of clothing. Develop dialogue and add a spark of intrigue.

Try on strangers for fiction. Eavesdrop . . . then write.

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