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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Building a Story World

For paintings or photographs read for theme, story, and image. When we ‘see’ the effect of micro scenes, we can then apply the techniques to our fictional scenes deepening their effect.

1) Journal

a. What makes a photograph or a painting interesting to look at?

b. Why do some catch your attention?

2) Read

a. Choose a photograph or painting that represents either the actual look of a particular place in your world, or the emotion that you want to convey.

3) Respond

a. What do you first notice about this scene?

b. What is the attitude or feeling portrayed?

c. What images, topics jump out at you?

d. Do you think this picture is staged? Why? Why not?

e. What does this imply about this person?

f. What does this painting ‘say’ to you? What is the ‘voice’?

Exercise: Sentence-part two.

For those who posted their opening sentence, choose someone else’s first sentence and write up a short paragraph, using the emotional connections you anticipated for your own paragraph. Re-post, putting the original line in italics.

Share: If, or how, using another character line changed an emotional connection, or not.

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