Writing 101: Day Fourteen – Recreate A Single Day
Today’s Writing 101 day fourteen,
You might sense by now that setting limits on your writing can be both liberating andproductive. You’ve already experimented with word count and timed free-writes in previous assignments, so today let’s try something new: write a post that takes place during one single day.
It might seem hard, at first, to tell a compelling story with such a limited temporal horizon: you have no recourse to flashbacks, backstory, or foreshadowing (unless it’s in reference to something about to take place that same day). But the narrow confines of one single day will encourage you to zoom in on the telling detail, the meaningful exchange, and the tight, cascading succession of actions that each depends on the one that precedes it.
Authors of both fiction and nonfiction have used the frame of one day to tell rich, long narratives — from the wanderings of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus in James Joyce’sUlysses to Cornelius Ryan’s painstaking reconstruction of D-Day. How will you use those 24 hours as your story’s canvas?
a. You can tackle this assignment in a number of ways:
b. Start in the middle of the action, then zig and zag through time, from the moment you woke up to the last thing that happened before you retired for the night.
c. Structure your story as a play-by-play (or hour-by-hour) account, complete with precise time markers.
d. Zoom in even further, limiting yourself to just one hour of your chosen day.
e. Ignore these instructions and reveal one day’s significance indirectly, through focusing on its aftermath.
The moment I woke up in the morning, aside from my spiritual routine, I always start with gratefulness in my heart.
What I have in my life, whether it is big or small, bad or good times, focus on what matters and stay positive. Good things will happen.
Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith on what will be.
Until the moment I close my eyes.