Workshop scene assignment

July 6, 2011

Okay, one of the assignments we were given last week in this Short Stories workshop was to write a scene that would get critiqued by everybody, and we’re doing the critiques tomorrow. I thought I’d share it with you guys, and I’d love it if you let me know what you thought!

First, here’s the notes I took for the assignment:

Write a scene.
Do a number of these things:

  • Introduce change
  • build action
  • complicate the plot
  • increase tension and drama
  • move the story along
  • build conflict
  • introduce characters
  • create suspense
  • Provide information
  • use at least three senses
  • create atmosphere. (weather, structures.)
  • Develop theme.
  • Movement in relationships (emotional)

Include at least three senses.
Conflict and resolutions
max of 1000 words, but the tighter the better.
Open it with a sentence that you could only use in spec fiction, or that means something different in spec fiction than mainstream.
each sentence should do something new, to progress the scene, and pull the reader along.
Include a hook.
Possibly an opening scene.

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