One of my exercises with the workshop with Dean Wesley Smith was to write an opening using Wilhelm’s law and a title that Dean provided. If you are looking into an online workshop to hone your creative writing skills, I suggest Dean’s workshops. I have taken two and have learned skills that will help me write better.
Here is an excerpt of that opening:
The super-white flying van with the green logo, The Green Knight Terraforming Company, zipped over the tree and landed on pavement in front of a large warehouse. I stepped out of the van, wearing my company clothes—khaki trousers, white polo shirt with a green knight logo on the pocket.
A short, dwarfish wrinkled humanoid waited for me to reach the warehouse. As soon as I reached smelling distance, a strong cheese-like smell, wafted from the humanoid. I pressed a button to turn off my smeller. At the same time the brie taste disappeared from my mouth. I coughed and little and strode toward the humanoid.
“Zrkaffv, thsst prrrtt,” the humanoid started speaking. I assumed it was male although it was fully clothed because of the low voice. Once again I adjusted a knob next to my ear so that my translator worm would work. At the end of the knob, a small hammer knocked the worm into the right dialect.
The humanoid began speaking again and I almost wished I couldn’t understand it. “You’re terraforming didn’t work,” he whined.
So I now have a character who is bugging me day and night to get his story written. This one is a short. Plus he keeps telling me that we will have a long and fruitful career of terraforming the universe so that we can spread humanity throughout the stars. Did he say seed the stars? I think I am hearing garble now– My ear worm must be malfunctioning.