This thread exists as a means for forum members to practice a few exercises and hone our skills. I will be following the exercises in LaPlante's book "The making of the story", feel free to follow along. I will update the exercise once or twice a week, and in between exercises all participants are encouraged to discuss each other's posts (to see what does and does not work, what you liked/disliked, etc). It will be fairly relaxed in its structure, but please try to stay on topic. This week: Chapter one, what is creative writing? Exercise 1: "I don't know why I remember..." Goal: To pinpoint some previously unexplored material that remains 'hot' for you in some important emotional way. What to do: 1. "Scan" over your life looking for a memory that is stuck in your mind, but for no obvious reason (no births, deaths, or other important moments; shoot for small ones) 2. Render these moments precisely on the page using concrete details. Begin each one with "I don't know why I remember". Don't try to interpret the meaning of the memory, just put the reader "There".