People and Places

Stories introduce us to people we've never met, take us to places we've never been. They show us how events change people and how people change events.

A good story is made of more than events.Stories introduce us to people we've never met, take us to places we've never been. They show how events change people and how people change events. They lift us, however briefly, out of our own world and let us experience another, the world of the story, complete with uncles, cats, blizzards, draperies, bananas— whatever the writer chooses to include.

If you have a sense of your story's overall event flow, you may see places where you can pause to add details about the people involved and the place where the story happens. If you're not sure what to write, use The Journalist's Questions or Dramatism to spark ideas.

Activity

5.3 Freewrite for 10 minutes on one of the people and for another 10 minutes on one of the places involved in the story sketch you drafted for Activity 5.1 When you finish writing, look back over the draft for spots where you could fold in some of this freewriting.