update on 4.17.2014: Tom Woodward spent some time looking into these numbers …
"I knew terrible things."
"manipulation is at the core of our social interaction"
back in time from a future dystopia
I think an excellent and challenging exercise for narrative writing would be to select at random a handful of elements from The Periodic Table of Storytelling* by James Harris. It’s wonderful:
[make sure to click through for the full version]
*fair warning to teachers: unfortunately, some of this is probably not quite safe for the classroom.
"a person in a place with a problem" – Cory Doctorow, from this gold mine of fiction writing advice, via my source for almost everything that is quality on the internet