So I’ve tried a new writing exercise today.
Rather it was from “Now Write! Science fiction, Fantasy and Horror” in the section by Diego Valenzuela.
In a nutshell it was to place your music library on shuffle (assuming that your in the modern era and have it on your PC/Ipod/whatever) and write the title of each song that comes along as a chapter title – missing out some that really, really don’t work (1)
What you end up with is a list of chapter titles, that may initially look random as balls, BUT with a bit of extrapolating of ideas based on the titles could give you the basis of an interesting plot.
The list I came up with?
- Chapter 1 Spiritwalker
- Chapter 2 Six feet under
- Chapter 3 Reich Mir die Hand
- Chapter 4 Arising hero
- Chapter 5 Ready to Go
- Chapter 6 Cry Little Sister
- Chapter 7 Tower of Strength
- Chapter 8 This Corrosion
- Chapter 9 At the End of it all
- Chapter 10 Futile
- Chapter 11 The Lost Children
- Chapter 12 Sent to Destroy
- Chapter 13 All the Small things
- Chapter 14 The Kill
- Chapter 15 Scarred
- Chapter 16 Adrenaline
- Chapter 17 Today we are Demons
- Chapter 18 Ritual Noise
- Chapter 19 All Pain is gone
- Chapter 20 Wasteland
- Chapter 21 Deliverance
- Chapter 22 Psychocult
- Chapter 23 the thing that should not be
- Chapter 24 Can I play with Madness
- Chapter 25 Battery
- Chapter 26 New form of silence
- Chapter 27 The Oxidising Angel
- Chapter 28 Kill on Command
- Chapter 29 Get out of my head
- Chapter 30 No Afterparty
Already It’s poking ideas of a dark/supernatural/horror story (2)
Might have to take it further one day
- Pong and Super Space invaders by Eisenfunk were two examples I skipped 🙂 )
- Not sure what this says about my playlist in honesty
So, for part of today (In between procrastinating on the Transformers Wiki* and finishing decorating the kitchen) I’ve been working on a few bits & bobs for my writing.
One of the well.. Exercises threw up a couple of interesting viewpoints and at least one of them shows a possible character in the making. That is, if I ever decide to write that kind of story.
The premise was to begin a story with a given first line. I didn’t write much, as I didn’t feel it needed it. But, as an experiment** I wrote the same scene from the other participants point of view.
Behold: (And there’s a teensy bit of profanity behind the cut) (more…)