Creative Writing Prompt for April 6

Saturday, Mar 11, 2017
The 3 a.m. Epiphany

Our Creative Writing Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. We are working through the exercises in Brian Kiteley's The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction. The assignment for April 6 is Dice - 153.

Write a scene in which, at several points along the way, you cannot proceed without rolling dice. This means you will write for a short while, then come to a turning point and give yourself several options (if you create three options, and you roll two dice, a one, two, three, or four will mean you choose option one, for instance). When you roll the dice, you must follow the command of luck. The key here is insoluble. It will be difficult to find our construct several possible solutions to this sort of difficulty. 400 words

This is something like the old Choose Your Own Adventure series of young adult books, but you should be careful to give your story interesting choices. The construction of a set of choices in and of itself is the point of this exercise, although following through on the rigid rules of the game should also provide an intriguing deux ex machina for you as creator of your own fictions. Originally, this phrase meant literally a god lowered into an ancient Greek or Roman play be means of a mechanical apparatus (a god on a machine), but the term has come to mean a person or thing that appears suddenly to provide a contrived solution to an apparently insoluble difficulty.

Come with six copies of your completed assignment to share. We'll discuss and provide feedback. First time? Feel free to come and observe before jumping in.