Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Cooking with Stress

Often when we tell a story that's funny, if you think back, the original circumstances were not funny at all. Today's exercise is to come up with a situation like that. Create a scene that involves cooking. Guest(s ) are invited for dinner. Start it out slow and controlled. Your character knows what they're doing. Then add one of the following elements:

*The power goes out
*They don't have one of the necessary ingredients
*They burn their hand moving the pan from the stove and spill the contents all over the floor
*Phone rings and guests will be arriving an hour early
*The dishwasher overflows
*Add your own element of conflict and tension

Have fun with this one. Make yourself laugh.

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