I’m a little late getting Story Weekend up this weekend due to company, but here we go! Sometimes when I teach workshops on characterization, I have participants do an exercise I always find helpful. First, I have them close their eyes and then remember the kitchen from their childhood home–everything they can see and hear and smell and touch in that room. Then I ask them to recall the memory of something that happened in that room that has an emotional component. Finally, we do the exercise all over again from the point of view of one of their characters. They will nearly always learn something new about their characters through this exercise.
Since Story Weekend is about your personal experience, we’ll stick with the first part of the exercise. Think about the kitchen in your childhood home. Recall everything about it in your imagination, and then share with us something small or large that happened in that kitchen and that has some emotion attached to it.
If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve been contributing. I’ve loved reading your stories. As always, there are a few “rules”:
▪ The story must be true.
▪ Try to keep it under 100 words. Embrace the challenge! That’s about six or seven lines in the comment form. I want others to read your story, and most people tend to skip if it’s too long. I know how tough it is to “write tight” but I hope you’ll accept this as a challenge.
▪ Avoid offensive language.
That’s my childhood home in the picture and I’ll start us off. I look forward to reading your stories!