The World Wide Story

setting

Happy Writing Wednesday!  As I said in my “Let Your Imagination Soar … Characterization” blog, everybody has a writer hidden deep inside.  I thought it would be fun to do a round robin story this time around.  I will start the story, and then someone else can chime in with a few lines, and then someone else can add until we have a story with an ending.

As we write, keep in mind the last lesson about characterization.  It is important to show and not tell the audience.  Don’t tell us that Bambi, the lead cheerleader, is a walking contradiction.  Show us.  Every good story needs good, likeable characters.  However, stories need more than just characters.  They need a place to interact in.  That’s right … setting.  At times, setting can be a character in itself.  Think of Jack London’s short story, “To Build a Fire”.  The terrible cold and inhospitable climate kills the character (sorry for the spoiler alert).  The Titanic?  She wouldn’t have sunk without the proper setting.  The Perfect Storm is another great example of how setting plays an important role in the lives of people and characters.

Again, I’ll refer back to showing and not telling.  Remember kindergarten and the dreaded show and tell hour?  It wouldn’t have been too exciting if your wee-sized classmates only told you about their new toy.  When showing the reader the setting, use details.  The reader should feel as if he or she were in the story, experiencing the rain, feeling the sun beat upon their heads, or drinking from a cold spring.

So, enough lecture.  Let’s start!  Please feel free to write as much or as little as you’d like.   The only rule is that your addition needs to somewhat match the previous writing.  I’m so excited to see this world wide story in action.

Nick slapped an ace of spades on the table.  His grunt of satisfaction echoed in the dingy, back room.  His brown eyes surveyed his opponents behind a pair of aviator sunglasses.  He risked a smile, hoping it came off as sincere.  If they suspected him, it was all over …  

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