Psst! Are you keeping up with your bingo card? If you post a pic of your card on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter with 7 pieces filled in this Saturday, I’ll enter you in a drawing and you might get a personalized piece of mail from me! Use #storyadaybingo so I can find it.
Don’t use social media? Post here and pinkie-swear you’ve filled in all the boxes for this week, and I’ll enter you anyway.
…but just a little. We’re taking this slowly, because we’re trying to build a habit that lasts.
Too often people rush through the first draft of a short story in one sitting (that’s part of the appeal of short stories, right?!), leaving themselves rushing the ending, and not really knowing what the story is about.
Today, I want you to brainstorm the very first pieces of the Short Story Framework: the character, their adjective, and their desire.
Figure out your person, their adjective and their desire
(Bonus points for thinking about setting because it will contribute to their adjective, desire, and the actions they take in the story.
Don’t spend more than 7 minutes on this. We’re trying not to over-think things!
Soon we’ll start thinking about what your character’s first action might be, but not yet.
Do this exercise, post about it, below, then take the rest of the day off. Yay, You!
NB This is exactly what you’ll need to do when someone asks for a summary of your story, so whether you go through this process now, or after you’ve written and edited down a long, rambly draft, this is a super-important skill to learn!
Here’s your next Bingo Piece. Download the pic, print it out and paste it onto your bingo sheet. Then share a picture of it on social media with #storyadaybingo
Leave us a comment telling us how the exercise went. You can share what you wrote if you want (everyone else: no stealing ideas, ok?!).