Friday, June 20, 2014

Guest Post: Kayti Nika Raet

Hi guys! Today we have a guest post from author Kayti Nika Raet. Kayti is the author of Niko, a YA dystopian novel I will be reviewing later this month. To find out more about her book, follow this fancy little link to Goodreads: Fancy Link!.

Otherwise, keep reading for her post!

Guest Post: What If?
Recently, I was reading What If? Which is an exercise book for fiction writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter. One of the exercises in there is called Three by Three and has a premise that I think is really useful (not to mention fun).

It requires you to break a story down into three sentences, three words long. It can be any story.
A fairy tale,

Queen hates girl
Queen gives apple
Girl falls asleep

A favorite story,

Demon loves angel
War comes between
Does love survive?

Or one of your own,

Girl kills monsters
City wants power
Girl brings revolution

Of course such simplistic summaries can't tell the complete story and some books are way too complicated to even be broken down into a three by three format but whether you are a writer or a reader it is a really helpful way of getting to the bare bones of a story and revealing some of its most important aspects. Try it with some of your favorite books and see what you come up with, you may be surprised ( I would try it with Game of Thrones but someone is bound to die and mess up my careful structure).

1 comment:

  1. Can anyone guess the books i've mentioned here? And what are some of the books you'd summarize three by three?