4/6 – From author Kathryn Kay: Her grip was strong…What better way to get in touch with your character than by getting into her skin? Think of all the varieties of pain, irritation, abrasion; all the textures of lick, pat, wipe, fondle, knead; all the prickling, bruising, tingling, scratching, banging, fumbling, kissing, and nudging a character might feel. Begin with a sense other than sight…
4/7 – Start a story with a detailed secret and then have your protagonist go on a search to discover the secret by contending with various family members’ attempts to either aid or sabotage this search. A secret’s power comes from its repression, and there will always be members of a family who want to either continue the suppression or expose it in order to strip it of its emotional power.
4/8 – Describe the best present you’ve ever received. The worst?
4/9 – Write from photographs. The first, perhaps, will inspire an other-worldly or unreal story. The second: what is he thinking? What is he about to do or say? Or what did he just do or say? Who will he run into unexpectedly?
4/10 – From our Advanced Fiction instructor, Chris Belden:
what the mirror said by Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)
you a wonder.
you a city
of a woman.
you got a geography
of your own.
somebody need a map
to understand you.
somebody need directions
to move around you.
you not a noplace
mister with his hands on you
he got his hands on
ASSIGNMENT: This poem is written from the point of view of a mirror speaking to a woman. Write a poem or story from the point of view of a mirror speaking to YOU.