Saturday, January 5, 2008

Writing Exercise -- Untested

Well, since I promised a writing exercise for my SCBWI Network group, I came up with one in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep. Or possibly I was awake for two minutes and then literally dreamed it up. Regardless, I had it when I woke up this morning.

Here's the exercise:

Have everyone draw slips of paper from two "hats". One slip will be a room in a house (kitchen, living room, garage, basement, etc.) and the other slip the name of a living thing other than a person that might be in the house (dog, cat, house mouse, plant, ant, etc.).

Have everyone write a paragraph in first person as that living thing describing the room. The idea is to show who and where you are (not to tell).

I'll let you know after Thursday how it goes.

On another note, Barrie from the class of 2k8 has a great blog breaking down the genre of all 28 books and when they come out. The only disappointment I saw was that we have to wait until December to read Barrie's book which happens to be a MG mystery complete with a ghost. I'm actually this week getting feedback from my most fantastic online critique group of the final section of -- you guessed the genre -- a MG ghost mystery.

Come to think of it, I have to wait until September and October respectively for Jenny Meyerhoff's and PJ Hoover's books which is also quite a while.

Check out the list at


PJ Hoover said...

What a great exercise! It sounds like something fun for school visits too (maybe in smaller groups).
It reminds me of Clue.

Jim D said...

I'll let you know how it works out.

Barrie said...

Wow! Jim, thank you for the link!! And thank you for supporting the class of 2k8. I'll check back to see how your class went. Good luck. :)