Week 3: Bake-off Exercise + 3 Writing Exercises from Marisela Orta = Bustin' Out
Week 3 Bake-Off
Here are 5 more ingredients you can add to our Bake-off recipe. Use these prompts in any way that strikes you. Go with your first impulse. Again, it's not required that you particpate, these are intended as way to help or inspire you.
1. An abundance of food.
2. A ritual.
3. Moment of silence between two people that leads to a confrontation.
4. A slap or other form of violence.
5. This image:
3 From Marisela
Poet and Playwright, Marisela Trevino Orta kindly contributed these exercises and hopes they help take you deeper into your writing & your characters.
Dream Monologue: The purpose of this prompt is to get to know your character better. Our dreams often reveal our fears, our hopes, our desires-the same goes for our characters. Write a monologue as your character that begins with the phrase, "Last night I had the strangest dream…" and have the character describe the dream. Let the dream be as weird, crazy, absurd, imaginative as you like. When you finish, look at what you've written. What have you learned about your character?
Job Interview: Sometimes we need the characters to tell us exactly why they've shown up in a play and in some cases, they need to justify their existence before they're cut out completely in a re-write. Write a dialog exchange between you and your character. Ask your character various questions about themselves, their past, and most importantly why they deserve to be in your play or what they're doing in the play. Be pointed. Ask them why you shouldn't cut them from the play. Ask them about their relationships with other characters. Ask them about their regrets, their hopes, their dreams. When you finish, look at what you've written. What have you learned about your character?
Work of Art Monologue: This exercise requires you find an art book or a bank of imagines online. Imagine your character is looking at a specific piece of art. Write a character monologue where the character explains why they are drawn to/or repulsed by the work of art. When you finish, look at what you've written. What have you learned about your character?
Feel free to let us know how these exercises worked for you and you can even share a little of your work that's inpired by them.
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