The Ideas Box Instructions
- Find a box.
- Fill it with clips of text and photographs clipped from magazines and newspapers.
- Give your box a shake.
- Pull out two or more pieces.
- Lay the pieces out on the table and work out the connections.
6. Start writing.
Your memories contain the sights, sounds, feelings, tastes and smells of your original experience. To step back in time, focus on just one sense.
Which sense to begin with? Ask yourself ‘What do I remember first?’ Is it an image, sound, smell or texture? Describe this first moment in detail to begin your journey into the past.
The word ‘pretend’ has a bad press. We worry about doctors who aren’t doctors, builders who can’t build, teachers who aren’t qualified to teach. But the word ‘pretend’ comes from the Latin “praetendo” meaning to stretch forth, reach out, extend. Pretending allows us to believe we can do something new and different.
Pretending allows us to stretch ourselves beyond our reality into our imagination. If we didn’t pretend, would we dare to go after our dreams? So, let’s just pretend that we are good writers, and that we know what we are doing. Then all we have to do is get on with the work.
We are dealing with a sympathetic character (the hero) who has to overcome a series of increasingly difficult, seemingly insurmountable obstacles and achieve a compelling desire (or knowledge).
It consists of asking three simple questions:
What does the hero want?
What hinders her from getting it?
What happens if she does not get it?