Thursday, July 29, 2010

Infinity and Craft

It's that time again! I'm going to share an exercise I did using 3 AM Epiphany, which is one of the most useful book of writing exercises I have ever used. The point of the exercise was to write something that felt the way an infinity symbol looked, and gave an episode of Start Trek (when the ship gets stuck in a time loop) as an example. I've always been a huge fan of this type of story and wanted to give it a try.

Something I discovered afterward was the style in which I wrote the exercise. I've been reading a lot of Hemingway for another class and am really fond of the minimalist style in which he writes. I took a minimalist approach to this exercise using mostly dialogue and only detail when necessary. I often tend to write like this, which is often my downfall in novel writing, and I think doing so for this exercise helped with the feeling of mystery and dread I was trying to convey. However, I don't think I did it on purpose. It was more of an instinctual thing, which is good, but I wonder if I will have to remind myself of these things later when I'd like to replicate the effect or if I will do it naturally again.


  1. Sounds like a good start to a horror story.

  2. I enjoyed this. You didn't over-tag, you didn't kill me with adverbs...this was good. I hope you keep working in this piece.

    Great exercise. Thanks for sharing.

    Oh, and I'm new here. *waves*