As a child, did you ever sit hunched over some defunct appliance with a screwdriver in hand, taking it apart bit by bit to learn how it works? I often think my youngest got more enjoyment out of broken gadgets and toys than he ever did from working ones. I caught myself wondering on more than one occasion if the gadget in question didn’t suffer an early demise in the name of an investigative post-mortem.
This weekend’s writing assignment invites you to deconstruct the toaster. Well, not your actual toaster. Instead, find a story, essay or article by another writer and take some time to analyze it with a reverse outline. Look at the sentences, paragraphs and scenes for how they fit together like gears in an old clock. Dig deeper into word choices and tone. Find out what makes it tick.
When you finish your investigation, use the piece you’ve examined as a model as you write something on the topic of deconstruction.
The Show and Tell Challenge
Step right up and take the B&B Show and Tell Challenge! Here’s how: simply write your response to this assignment, post it on your blog, then come back and leave a link to your post in the comments. It’s that simple!
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