Writing Disasters

Writing about disasters can be exciting for both writer and audience.

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The movie Twister with Helen Hunt  and Bill Paxton shows the dark side of nature.

It was written from a screenplay by Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin.

A natural disaster movie is essentially science fiction: the audience must suspend disbelief.

It is the author’s job to make the story exciting without making it entirely unbelievable.


Here is a list of the best disaster films:

http://www.etonline.com/movies/165337_the_15_best_natural_disaster_films_of_all_time/


Today’s Assignment:

1. Watch a disaster movie or read a classic tale of survival such as Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson . . . or Moby Dick!

2. Write a scene that involves a natural disaster or survival techniques.

3. Check your emergency kit.

http://www.ready.gov/kit


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http://www.houston.va.gov/emergency/Hurricane_Disaster_Supply_Kit.asp