First off, this isn't REALLY a to-do Tuesday column. I'm slowly sifting through my market updates and loops to get back up to speed. To help me have a REAL column next Tuesday, please e-mail me your latest brag-worthy tidbits--I know some of you have new books out, have editor requests, are kicking butt on Eli's challenge, etc. Send me an email with NEWS in the header!
Now, what I do have for you is an exercise. Lisa's post yesterday focused on writing MORE in a shorter length of time. But what about when your life is lived in 10 minute increments or your brain power is stuck on empty (not that I would know about either of these things)? Sometimes, you can't jump in and out of a novel length work. Heck, some days even a paragraph is asking too much.
But a sentence? We can all do a sentence. Trying to tell a story in a single sentence allows us to hone our hook skills with the added benefit of distance from our WIP. It also allows us to focus on what's really necessary for the reader. Try to tell your story with as few words as possible.
EXAMPLE: It was a five outfit morning.
Now, this is a hook for sure, but it's also a story. If you've ever been a new mother, you know that that line IS the story. If you've had a job interview or a first date, you fill in your own story.
It's your turn! Since I'm still getting caught up on all the news, why not focus on your day or your life right now. Tell me a story in one sentence increments. Feel free to tell me MANY stories!
Enjoy! And send me your news!