Another exercise completed. I am a bit disappointed in this one as I think it is a bit clunky. Basically I did what I was meant to be doing, in accordance to a specific format. Hence, what you see is mostly prescribed template as opposed to me writing.
Dodge-o-rama. Click the picture above, again something is embedded within.
This is the exercise plus template I adhered to.
A man walks into a seedy underground bar to meet a man who owes him a lot of money.
SETTING – Dark and seedy bar – lots of thuggy looking guys sitting and standing around covered in tattoos – a beautiful waitress behind the bar.
EMOTION – Main character – anxiety – anger – excitement – doubt
PREDICAMENT – How is he going to get the money from the guy without being beaten up?
DETAILS – Loud rock music – smell of spilt beer – eyes turn towards him – music stops – jug of beer on table.
INTUITION – 6th Sense – Main character feels he is being set up by the guy who owes him money.
HUMOUR OR IRONY – 7th sense – A group of off-duty policeman are also in the bar.
WRITING THE SCENE
Spend a couple of minutes clustering the scene you planned in Step Two. Don’t get bogged down in the clustering, it’s just a loose planning tool.
Please note: Once you start the actual writing, you must forget your clustering and trust that it has informed your unconscious. Don’t try to get all the details in that you described in your cluster. When you write, start with the setting, focus on the emotion, set up the predicament and start writing.
“Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such a complete understanding of what is going on, where and why.”
As a general rule, the reader has a right to know exactly what is in your character’s head. Clarity before Creativity.
Write that scene for ten minutes.