Ahhh Friday, the final day of work before the weekend (unless you work weekends) and a chance to unwind for a long and tedious week.
Unless you’re a writer. In which case, you have a lot of work ahead of you.
So let’s get that mental push, rev our creative engines and then get to work, shall we?
For today’s writing prompt we will take something new and make it newer. I know. I am excited, too!
Let’s take a look at the prompt before I explain.
Use your favorite writing tools and create a brand new scene. It can be about anything, anywhere, but it must include a setting, at least 2 characters and have action, dialogue and pose a question to the reader. Then, start a new page and rewrite that exact same scene from memory, making it even more detailed.
As you can see, you are creating something new. A new scene with new characters and locations and talking…the whole thing.
The scene can be short or long, whatever you feel is needed. Then, when you are done with it, set it aside, start a new document or page and write the same scene over again.
On your second attempt you will use the same setting, same characters and even the same dialogue. But your aim is to make the scene better. Make the setting more alive, give more depth to the characters, you can even make their discussion more intense.
The idea here is to work your brain to be creative and create a new scene. Easy enough as you do this all the time. But now, you are forcing your brain to work even harder by not moving on and “fixing” that scene to the best of your ability.
Call it… spot-editing.
This little trick is a good practice session to train yourself to write the best scene possible as you write it the first time. Of course, it won’t replace the red pen edit sessions between drafts, but it can minimize the amount of corrections and red ink you use.
Give it a try and see what you come up with!