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Improvisation Challenge

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Improv!

I just recently experienced something truly fun and thought provoking at the same time on Facebook. It started off with the phrase “He walked into the bar, he found a seat and ate from the bowl of stale pub pretzels as he waited for the bartender to come his way.” and ended up being a random story about a man named Major Major and a woman with blue hair and time traveling to rebuild something called the Consulate. It was truly comedic yet it also kind of opened my eyes to a true challenge for a writer. Improvisation.

A good challenge for yourself is to find one plain sentence and turn it in to a story comedic or serious. It’s also a good skill to build on, a way of “adapting to your surroundings” if you will. Below I will include a couple of sentences you could try maybe in the comments below, as well as my little improvisation session on Facebook. I want to thank Meagan Bojarski for going along with the story even with how silly it got! It was fun!

Food For Thought

“The room was quiet and still. A book nearby”

“They sat silently on the balcony, the sunset coming over the canyon yonder.”

“The thumping of the bass and the lights flashing in his face proved this is a place they don’t want to be at.”

The Chronicles of Major Major and the Azure Haired Lady

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  • Angfaulith

    The sun was setting over the ocean. He sat on the edge of the cliff, over the churning sea. The wind russled the leaves of the single tree he sat underneath, and he was reading a magical book.