Creative Writing Prompt for March 16

Saturday, Feb 25, 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 March 16 is Mimicry - 152.

Imagine a character in a set of scenes that is an expert mimic, so good that she sometimes loses herself in the role she's playing. Examine this game of role-playing carefully. What is the effect of such mimicry upon an unwilling audience (other characters in the story, as well as readers of the story)? How does an audience perpetuate this kind of game? Your imitator need not mimic other people--he could have animals down perfectly, or automobile breakdown noises, or horror movie music. 500 words

Expert, professional mimics copy famous people who have distinctive voices--Jimmy Stewart or Bill Clinton. The difference between imitating an actor and imitating a politician is that actors are also imitating themselves-- Cary Grant said everybody wanted to be like Cary Grant, including Cary Grant. In narrative, how do you approximate distinctive intonations and pregnant pauses? The character Chandler in the sitcom Friends speaks in an exaggerated manner--could he BE any more funny in his delivery? Study mimics--think about the physical as much as the vocal. John Wayne walked with a slight slide step, one shoulder in a stooped roll.

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.