First Assignment – Taylor

After making some final touches to our plans, it’s been decided that for the rest of the semester, my mentor and I will be working on lots and lots of short literary sketches! My final project will include two of these sketches to be edited and refined into finished pieces, logs of the conversations I have with my mentor, and a sit down discussion of my work with a small committee of peers and faculty.

While I’m ready and excited to tackle this new task, the truth is that I haven’t written a literary sketch before! I think the closest I’ve come to doing this was in a creative writing course I took last year when our teacher assigned us to write a three-minute fiction (a short story that a person can read in three minutes or less). As a result, I’ve decided to approach my first assignment as if writing one of these.

My mentor’s guidelines are as follows:

Two voices (any life forms)

Theme: The Sun will  die tomorrow

Include: Senses, character back-stories, some description of the setting

Maximum: 3 pages

While using this model to come up with a sketch is still mind-boggling and having a limit of 3 pages will be difficult for someone who typically writes more than is necessary, I’ve finally come up with an idea for my sketch. My plan is to start by fully developing my main and supporting character and then deciding what kind of world the two live in. Before I reveal the details of my sketch in the next post, I’m interested in hearing what advice others have on how to approach this type of project. What has worked well for you in writing sketches? What’s the best way to tell a story in such a limited space?

I’d appreciate all and any feedback! And, in the words of my mentor, “we’re off!”

8 thoughts on “First Assignment – Taylor

    1. Taylor Griffith Post author

      Thanks T. Margaret! The stories I found on NPR are definitely helpful and I plan on speaking with T. Katie as soon as possible.

  1. T. Tom Gilbert

    Engage peers. Have two of them take on a pair of roles – don’t tell them what to be, just any life forms. Inform them of the situation. Close your eyes and listen to how the dialog evolves. Repeat. Repeat. Ask yourself how you choose what life forms seem to interact naturally, yet unexpectedly. Now, take on the roles yourself and see what directions you head.

    1. Taylor Griffith Post author

      I’ve just thought of a couple enthusiastic theater people who would be perfect for this job. Thanks for the advice!


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