Writing Exercise 4

Story Trigger. One way to test your skill in the use of concrete, significant detail is to create a reality that is convincing-and yet literally impossible. To begin, draft a three-to-five-page story in which a single impossible event happens in the everyday world. (For example, a dog tells fortunes, a secret message appears on a pizza, the radio announcer speaks in an ex-husband’s voice-supermarket tabloids can be a good source of ideas.) First, focus on using detail to create the reality of both the normal world and the impossible event-the more believable the reality is, the more seamlessly readers will accept the magic.

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