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!


  1. My hubby gave me this book. Love it. Great prompt! I'm going to try it!

  2. I so enjoyed the Instruction Book. I think I recently wrote a poem that fits this prompt, it was Oh Howling Wind. A sequel to Oh Still Water :)

  3. Heather - let me know how it goes!
    oceangirl - oh how I like your titles! Did you blog it? Have to go check it out!

  4. Great prompt! (Yet I'll try it later. I need my word count for nano! :)
    I love hearing Neil Gaiman read. I heard that his next collaboration is with Adam Rex (one of my faves!)!

  5. Thanks, Kelly. I get it! Although I count every word towards nano. For me nano is much more about process than product because I figure I will re-write every word anyway. I need to draft complete and udder trash otherwise I can't do it. So for me a few second persons in there is not going to matter.

    Ooh, thanks for the heads up on the collaboration! That does sound like a fab combo! Kinda like another combo I know...

  6. Great find! Thanks for putting that video up.

  7. Thanks, Hanny. I love this the Gaiman too! Glad to share.