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!”