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Figment Daily Theme, January 12, 2012
Very quickly, write down a list of ten locations.
Set two characters in this location, and use one of the objects you might easily find in this location. Let the two characters talk a lot about this object, or these objects. (If it’s a diner, maybe a grilled cheese sandwich. If it’s a meadow, a daisy chain.) Put them in a situation where they have to use this object. But one of the characters isn’t saying everything he/she is feeling. There’s a secret underneath, but the character will not reveal it. You may not even know what it is at first. Let this tension come out in how they talk about the object, without building to a big ‘reveal’.
Try it again, with location #7.
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