Thursday, November 3, 2011

A little bit of writing, a little bit of Gaiman, a class plug.

Have you ever seen this? It's the fabulous Neil Gaiman reading his picture book, Instructions! (I guess I don't know if I should call it an illustrated poem.) Illustrated by Charles Vess.

Writing exercise for your nano novel: After watching this, try writing the next section of your novel in second person as a set of instructions for your main character to act out. It brings your novel back to the level of thought/action beats and has the effect of fun, orderly tone where you (and by this pronoun I do mean you) are the one pulling the strings!

Refreshing, I tell you!

Check out my new class page where I have announced a November offering. (Things are gonna keep changing around here for a while until I get better organized. House cleaning is always the last thing I want to do, but it must get done.)

This link makes a good case for taking my upcoming class. We will explore a single project with lots of hand writing. My current NaNo had its roots in short explorations through writing prompts, now it is weaving itself together like nothing I have ever written (Caveat: this is only the 3rd day of NaNo, so I will keep you posted). So far, so good!