Part 6, the last part of The Cube – A Writing Exercise.
What could the items absolute opposite be?
I´m immediately thinking about lead. It´s heavy, hard, and just one color. You cannot use it in a fantasy to create a story, it does´t makes me feel anything positive, you cannot use it as a piece of art, and it certainly does´t float. It´s lethal if you eat too much of it, no matter how poor you happen to be. Lead hurts if you kick it, and I guess it would be pretty hard and uncomfortable to use it as a mattress.
Well, now I´m done with this exercise and I must say it has given me a lot. I think this is a great exercise when having a problem to start writing, and it makes it easier to look at one single thing from different points of views. I was really surprised sometimes, when I saw what this exercise had made me think. It is exciting to think how you can use this exercise; there is really not a single thing you cannot write about. Some things might be harder, like music (how does music feels and looks?)I will use it more often at home I think. It helps me to form different ways of looking at things, and that way it will be easier for me to write a story with many characters, all looking at the same thing from their own point of view. And most of all – this excersice was fun to do!
Discussion: What is the absolute opposite of your stories? What genre are they not? Why not? What stories do you never tell? What kind of characters would I never see in your stories? Why not? Would you be interested in trying to do the opposite when you write, trying to tell a story you would never tell – with characters you would never have – to see where it leads? Why/why not? What character is the opposite of the main character in your latest story? In what way?
What was your expectations of this writing exercise? What parts of them got fulfilled? What else do you want a writing exercise to give you and your writing? Would you do this yourself again, to improve and get other ideas for your own writing?