Workshop homework

I’ve been putting off my homework for the Storywonk Discovery writing workshop. It’s been that kind of crazy week, especially with CSSF and Dragoncon to plan for.

But the class on Sunday afternoon was really good – the first half was about voice, and the second about characters. There’s a homework assignment for each part.

Voice assignment: take an excerpt from your private writing, to someone who you feel very comfortable expressing yourself with, a situation where you’re not tap-dancing, trying to appear clever, or writing for a public audience. Study that passage for the details of its style; look at the length of the sentences, whether the language is flowery or simple, funny or serious, formal or casual.

Then you try to write a very short story in the same voice and style as that, take a similar excerpt from something that you’ve written before, and compare the two fiction pieces.

Character exercise: Think of a scene for your book in your main character’s POV. Outline it in your head, and start to look at your character’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Then write the scene, highlighting those aspects of his or her character.

So – I’m looking forward to getting into these, but I guess I haven’t taken the time for it. I really should put in a good hour tonight, and maybe post some comments to the class forum if I’m having problems.

5 Responses to Workshop homework

  1. Trisha says:

    Dragon*con!! As in the Atlanta one? I’ve been there two times 🙂


  2. Yes, DragonCon Atlanta. (I refuse to spell it with an asterisk just because they do. :P) I’ve never been before, myself, but it sounds cool enough to justify the flight.


  3. Sounds like you’ve got your work cut out for you. This will greatly assist you with all your writing. Congrats on sticking it out and working it.


  4. Donna Hole says:

    I hope you’re using your current WiP. Get all the feedback you can.

    Someday, I’m goig to DragonCon too . . when I’m rich and famous *sighs*



  5. I like this character exercise. I will have to implement it on my characters. Thanks for the post.


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