Write an article, poem, story or script about someone who is addicted to television. This might be an individual or a whole family.
Who are they? What are they like physically, intellectually, emotionally? What is their greatest desire and what is their greatest fear? How are they addicted? How does that addiction show? What effect does it have on their life?
You don’t necessarily need to write all of this down or even include it in your text but you do need to think about it.
Story arc for fiction or script
Growing complexities (maybe three?)
Crisis point – point of no return
Climax – have all the excitement here
Resolution (Do they get over their addiction? Do they do something else?)
Structure for an article
Start with “colour” – show us a scene, maybe your telly addict channel surfing
Present us with some hard, verifiable facts.
Quote some experts
Define the problem and suggest a way forward
Finish on another note of “colour”
Which form will you use? – sonnet, haiku, ode, blank verse, something else?
Will you emphasize the physical or the emotional? Can the physical suggest the emotional?