Writing Exercise: Q & A Story

by ajanefountas

Read “Passport” by Deb Olin Unferth.

Use the story as a template for your own story. First, choose a question to put at the end of your story. Then start at the beginning and answer this question in the narrative. Add a changing refrain throughout, like in “Passport,” playing off of the subject of your story: “Her blue bathroom pass…” and “Her welcome parade…” and “Her marked cards…”

This exercise is good for fiction or nonfiction, I think. Each its own kind of truth! (And the exercise can most certainly be morphed into a poem.) So use the exercise for whatever form you are inclined to write, and if you care to share please post your piece in the comments section (or just post a comment about your experience of writing the piece).