Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Writing Exercise (for those who have nothing better to do)

You have the mammoth Neil Gaiman Writer’s Forum transcript, which is nearly 12,000 words long. The point of this exercise is to churn out a 1000-1500 word feature article. To make the playing field equal, the transcript will be the basis (but not the only source) of your feature. It doesn’t have to be about Gaiman; you can just take a passage from what he said and elaborate on it. Strangers to Neil might even have an easier time, as they won’t be boggled by all the material fans might want to tackle. More importantly, make the feature article accessible: that is, it must be written with the masses in mind rather than a small niche. Neil, for example, quotes several comic writers and artists. If that’s your topic, elaborate on them. Don’t expect your readers to know that when Neil talks about Alan Moore, he’s referring to his work in Swamp Thing or Watchmen, or what those comics are about. Explain and elaborate, but also be concise. You only have so many words to work with. I don't think I need to mention to keep it interesting.

Once you’re done, feel free to post them here. You have one week to come up with a good feature.


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