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Jack Remick hits the radio blog talk circuit. Today’s show on FateRadio with Lady J was excellent! Jack talked about writing; Story – structure – style, screenwriters call it layering. We did a five minute writing exercise (no periods, no stopping, no grammar, no punctuation; long sentence release – just flow about our protagonist. Read Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down To the Bones for timed writing)
Start with prompt lines; my name is, I am the protagonist in, I was born in, and the only thing that saved me was…now write! A brief sample of the piece about my bad guy’s background:
My name is Toreck Sealy and I am the antagonist in a story called Far From the Moon where
I was born in a shack in the small fishing village of Nehalem Oregon in the 1930’s and
The only thing that saved me from my father’s drunken rages was the hunting knife he gave me for my eighth birthday – two weeks late of course and then By the time I was ten years old I could track hunt kill and skin an animal twice my size and The last time my father beat my whiny mother and turned on me I stabbed him in the leg then
Fear blazed through me ….
You see, it’s one long sentence. This piece was one long sentence equal to about 5 paragraphs.
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