Hey class! In this post, I'm really just going to talk more about being a shameless magpie. If you missed synchronous class on Monday for some reason, make sure you watch the recording. It's one of the most important classes of the year. Here's a link to the Annotated Poe I talk about, and here's a link to the annotated Dracula in case you're interested.
"Good artists copy. Great artists steal."
For your short story (due the Monday after Thanksgiving), you are going to be required to steal something from one of the authors we've read. You can be a Structure Magpie and steal POV or plot design. Or you can be a Content Magpie and steal subjects and ideas. Or you can be both. You will take some aspect and recast it, remake it as your own. You know, build your nest.
List of Things I Have Stolen/Collected:
PS: The process of writing that list was surprisingly fun and revealing. It left me with all kinds of ideas for writing. If you are having trouble coming up with a short story idea, I recommend that you start off by writing your own magpie list.