February 13th, 2013

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Writing Excuses 8.6: Retellings and Adaptations

Writing Excuses 8.6: Retellings and Adaptations

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2013/02/10/writing-excuses-8-6-retellings-and-adaptations/

Key points: Retellings take a story, event, or myth, and do it in a new way. Take something familiar and tell it in a new way to make it fresh again. A reinterpretation. It allows you to think about the story different ways. Adaptations over something to a different medium, and do it in a different way. Fanfics use familiar characters, often with a new story structure. All of these allow you to use plot structure, characters, thematic elements that you are familiar with, and still write a new story. Retellings deliver the familiar and the strange. Just don't forget the donkeys.
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[Brandon] All right. I'm going to give you your writing prompt. I'm going to say, you're going to do a retelling. I want you to do a retelling of a Bible story, but I want you to set it in a science fiction space setting.
[Dan] Cool.
[Brandon] That is your last excuse. You have no more excuses. Now go write.
[Dan] Write a story about the Chewbaccamic covenant.
[Brandon] The what?
[Howard] The what?
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