Short Story Exercise "Keep The Engine Running"...
So pacing your story becomes very important. And I found this little exercise to be both a challenge and a lot of fun. It's called "Keep The Engine Running". The rules are as follows:
1 - Have two characters in a vehicle, with a destination in mind. The driver of the vehicle will never get out or turn the engine off at any point of the story.
2 - They must stop 5 times and interact with another person or group of people at each stop.
3 - They will never reach their destination. (You must tell us what happens to prevent this)
4 - The entire story will take place in/or around the vehicle.
Now the people and things they meet will prevent the original characters from reaching their destination. See how your characters are changed by their encounters and what they learn. This is a good way to explore and get to know your people a little better. Below you will find what I created for this exercise. I hope you enjoy it and get some ideas for your short story. Make sure you leave comments and even a link to what you create so me and the other readers of this blog can see what you did. Remember, the idea behind this whole blog is to help each other learn and grow as writers. Have fun: