In this video, D.D. Johnston discusses a classroom exercise that he uses to illustrate an important difference between short stories and novels.
In this video, D.D. Johnston introduces an exercise to prompt writers to consider different types of comparisons: direct metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, and conceit. Write along!
We’re preparing a new section on characterisation, and to get us started, here’s a Character generator trigger game. This will either be a mildly distracting bit of fun or a psychologically traumatic journey into the darkness of your soul. From a writing perspective, let’s hope it’s the latter.
To begin with, imagine a character who wants whatever you think your mother or father (or guardian) always wanted but never, or hasn’t yet, obtained. Take a few minutes to think.
Intrigued? Click here for the full Character generator.
Good luck in therapy!
D.D. Johnston explains in five minutes everything you need to know to understand every story ever told. Enjoy!
Click this link to open the story planner worksheet that accompanies this video.
read video transcript
After watching Writing Tip 33, you might want to have a go at this writing exercise. Just click on the image to open the exercise and then clean up the dialogue tags to improve the excerpt. For comparison, the published version follows further down the document. As always, please let us know how you get on.