Join Stefan Mumaw for an in-depth discussion in this video Creative exercise #3: The Middle, part of Creativity Bootcamp.
- Next exercise, you ready? Why not! This exercise is called "The Middle", anybody a writer? If you're a writer at home you're gonna love this. All right. Story is a powerful communication vehicle because it's universally understood. The flow of story is known so well that you can often predict the outcome of a story before it's revealed. But what happens when that story isn't linear and you're left with the task of filling in the missing pieces? Let's find out. Get with your partner. Together you are tasked with writing a story from the middle. I'm gonna give you the beginning and the end. The two of you only have three sentences with which to connect the beginning of the story with the end, OK? I'm gonna give you the beginning of a story and the end of the story, and you're gonna have three sentences and five minutes to connect those two things so that your story makes sense all the way through.
Ready, you got that? OK, let's tell you what the story's gonna be. A man woke up in the center median of a busy highway unable to remember how he got there. He was holding an authentic eighteenth century Spanish sword in one hand, and an empty bottle of fabric softener in the other. And then your three sentences. And then, dazed, he picked up the chicken, apologized to the young woman, and rode away. Five minutes, three sentences. Three properly formatted sentences. You have to say it with creatives in the room, three properly formatted sentences, OK? Five minutes.
Ready, go! - We have to introduce her into the equation... - So what I'm thinking is, the young woman is on the other side of traffic. So that's why he's dealing with this, because he steps out into traffic, or something like that. - The only thing I can think is you're in a bar and the only thing he can find is a sword just hanging on the wall in the bar... - How does he fall asleep, though? - He doesn't fall asleep. - He's gotta do something else, to be sorry. - What if it was her chicken? - Yeah.
Alright, time! - It's OK! (laughs) - Good enough, close enough!
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