This month I’m encouraging you to write stories in non-narrative forms. Last week was a story as a list, this week we’re back to one of my favorites: letters!
Write a story in the form of a series of letters/updates
- The ‘letters’ can be anything really: letters, journal entries, log entries, found documents, Tweets, Facebook updates…
- The letters might come from only one person — in which case we hear only one side of the story.
- The letters might come from various sources and in various time periods.
- You might mix letters with documentary evidence (school report cards, obituaries clipped from a newspaper, a termination document from an employer).
- Your writing might be in the form of a ‘gospel’ for a new religious or political cult.
- Your story might be the log entries left behind after a disaster.
- Your updates might show the slow unraveling of an online scam on GoFundMe.
- There are so many ways you can tell a story that don’t involve expository writing. Have fun with this!
- This might grow to be a bigger project than you can handle in one day…