Weekend Workshop Sunday Edition

I love a comment Anderson makes in the colon chapter. “When I imitate other writer’s sentences, trying on their style, I don’t use the same content as the writer. I try their structure or the way they put their sentence together.”

Let’s play with the sentence from Hiaasen yesterday.

_____ told me to empty my _____:______, _______, and ______.

The TSA agent told me to empty my bag: my kindle, my laptop, and a sippy cup of water.

Use the sentence to free write a 100 word short.

The TSA agent told me to empty my bag: my kindle, my laptop, and a sippy cup of water. No wonder I set off the bells and whistles. The agent takes the water over to a special machine which analyses the content. She clears the contents of danger and returned the sippy cup to my kiddo. I apologized profusely for forgetting the water was in the bottom of the bag but the agent was quite tetchy with me. I stepped to the side to wait for my husband who once again was being checked for explosives. Every time he flew. I wondered for the 100th time about the nature of random.

Reexamine your 100 words for where you can add more detail.

The TSA agent told me to empty my bag: my kindle, my laptop, and a sippy cup of water. No wonder I set off the bells and whistles. The agent took the water over to a special machine which analyzed the content. She cleared the contents of danger and returned the sippy cup to my kiddo. I apologized profusely for forgetting the water was in the bottom of the bag but the agent was quite tetchy with me. I stepped to the side to wait for my husband who once again was being checked for explosives. Every time he flew. I wondered for the 100th time about the nature of random.

Eh, I fixed a few tense issues but my brain refuses to find anywhere to add stuff. hrm….

Post your own examples in the comments if you like.

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