Writing Exercise: Summary Emoji-zation
This exercise comes from Kyle MacLachlan (yes, the actor), in a tweet to a fan that has been making the rounds of twitter and blogs:
There you have it, the entire movie of Dune summarized, recognizably, in just emojis. I am kind of mesmerized by this, Dune was one of the first chapter books I read, and it has a very special place for me. Beyond that I am one of four people who loved the David Lynch Dune-extra long TV version please. But, beyond that the act of making a good summary is hard, and it is even harder the less distance you have from the work.
That is why this week’s writing exercise is: Summary Emoji-zation!!! Take a piece you are working on, or finished and summarize it only using emoji.
Here, for example is my current project in emoji:
And, writing it up, makes me really think about how the plot is working out.