Thursday, December 25, 2014
Strategy # 6 Homespun Locale: Vacation Worksheet
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Family Vacation Journal Worksheet
Another way to approach local flavor is to use your own personal vacations as a starting point. Then from that base material you can adjust fictionally up and down the emotional scale from humor to terror depending on your genre.
Try it out first with a short weekend trip you’ve taken recently.
1. Make a list of all the events you remember that happened. (ex. flat tire two hours before reaching destination)
2. a. Make a list of all the people there: family, friends, and strangers.
b. Next to each name put what was the distinguishing characteristic of that person at that time. (ex. lady in snack shack—had wild hair) (brother—told a new joke every morning)
3. Describe the setting: place, weather, and smells.
4. Was there then or afterwards an image or repeated phrase that became a code for that vacation? (ex. Remember the phone?)
5. What is your specific emotional connection that makes it your……….?
6. Write out a rough draft of that vacation. Overwrite the sensory details. Then revise once again choosing the main focus.
For example: “Every time I smell jasmine I remember…
Add taste, hear, touch, and see.
Share: What one incident distinguished your trip?
Read deep, marcy