Weekend writing wrangle: Who, What, Where, When?
Almost everyone who is a writer knows what it’s like to be in front of a blank screen or page desperate to write, but the muse has escaped you or gone off for a dirty weekend in Blackpool- lucky her maybe but what do we do when we find our creative juices have temporarily dried out?
I like to partake in a little writing exercise I created called who, what, where, when.
For each of the following categories pick a word. It can be the first word that comes into your head or picked from a random list or word generator. But for each of the below pick a word (s) or description. It can be as detailed or as broad as you like.
1)Who? – who is the main character
2)What? – What is happening? What’s the main ‘event’?
3)Where? – Where is the story happening, describe the scene.
4) When ? – What time is the piece set? The past,present, or future?
So for example mine could be
1) A young girl
2) running for her life
3) In a cave hidden in a cove on the west coast of the land
4) 2234 AD
Once you have your four word categories picked out start to thread them together, who is the girl? What does she look like? How old is she? Why is she running for her Life? What or who is it she fears? How did she get to the cave? What will she do next, stay in the cave, steal a boat and row to the mainland from this island? What defines the time? Does it have different clothes, language? Is it Earth or a fantasy land?
As you start to weave your ideas together a story begins to form, even if it doesn’t become your next masterpiece that wins the booker prize it will waken your muse and get your imagination running wild.
So to start off with keep it simple, keep it imaginative and have fun with it.
If you want to add an extra layer to it you can also add
5) Which (genre)? adding a genre to the novel will pin the idea together in a tighter manner but may restrict your vision to within the parameters of that genre. Decide for yourself if that is the right route for you but it can add an extra layer to the exercise.
Happy writing guys!