“The Last Chance” – Taylor

First off, I’d like to thank everyone who responded to my last post. The advice and links you shared with me were fantastic! Here are just a few of the writing tips I picked up from other sources:

Author of “Wired for Story”

From Lisa Cron’s 8 Random Writing Tips…

1. “Make sure every scene gives new information; never tell the same information twice.”

2. “Everything must be earned; there’s no such thing as free lunch–unless it’s poisoned.”

3. “There are two basic motivating factors for all human action: Fear & Desire.”

Author of many works, such as “Slaughterhouse-Five”

From Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Basics of Creative Writing…

1. “Every character should want something, even if it’s just a glass of water.”

2. “Every sentence must do one of two things: reveal character or advance the action.”

3. “Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them so that your reader can see what they’re made of.”

For more tips from Lisa Cron and Kurt Vonnegut, you can find them at http://wiredforstory.com/8-random-writing-tips/ and http://www.writingclasses.com/InformationPages/index.php/PageID/538.

And as I said last week, here’s an excerpt from my literary sketch based on the prompt, “The Sun Will Die Tomorrow,” titled, “The Last Chance”:

“Brandon stared at her door with the extinct ocelot motion-poster, the familiar brown feline eyes shifting from side to side. Becky was supposed to have met him at the mudflats of the pond in the Dome Garden. There, they always dug up good material for research and experiments. Even with the Emergency Announcement that was broadcasted in everyone’s homes last month by the holographic Mr. Finney, their parents wouldn’t extend their bedtimes past 8:30; work had to be done on the weekend mornings. But meeting her today was especially important. Wednesday, April 15, 2153, would be a day to remember, which was why Brandon insisted that Becky find him before all the chaos started. She hadn’t.”

Thanks again to everyone who gave me advice! My mentor and I will be reviewing my sketch this Monday. Until then, my next sketch will be based on my interpretation of the phrase, “She must live!”

3 thoughts on ““The Last Chance” – Taylor

  1. alibey

    what about samuel beckett. there is barely any action advanced in his novels, yet he won a nobel, while vonnegut ended up a parody of himself. i’m just sayin’… cheers, johnny p.

    1. Taylor Griffith Post author

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Johnny P. I’ll definitely look into Samuel Beckett’s works as well.


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