You may have noticed, I've taken to writing a daily post. This was inspired by Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays.
One of these plays was a comic strip by R. Sikoryak.
She confessed that she always worked on several things at once, so when she gets stuck or bored there's another project to distract her. I've found this to be a most rewarding method of work.
She also has a peculiar method of "mapping" ideas with little pictograms.
Most importantly, she insisted we write exactly as our characters spoke -not to rely on the "proper" language nor conventional slang. It's a method which forces the writer into acting and through acting the writer better understands human.
Some notes from class, and the magnum opus it produced; "One Sign of Nationalism, A Potted Plant".
Here's an excerpt:
Girl in Ribbon: One sign of nationalism, a potted plant.
(The World is divided)
Girl in Hat: Dear Kitty, today I found not just one but two pennies. And right side up at that! I feel my luck is about to change.
Man of his Times: Little girl, little girl, why are you on the floor? Didn't you hear me? Didn't you hear me? Why are you on the floor?
Girl in Hat: Hiding.
Man of his Times: Hiding? Hiding? What are you doing, little girl? Little girl, what are you doing?
Girl in Hat: Gardening.