Choose one of your quick-write exercises to expand into a story of 2-3 pages. If you already know where you want to go with your idea, follow that inspiration! Here are a few ideas for where you might go with your exercises:
1. Choose a scene in the myth and rewrite it in the first person from one character’s point of view. You can choose a major character, like Pandora, Zeus, Epimetheus, or Prometheus, or a minor character, like one of the gods or humans who is there when Pandora is first revealed, or one of the evils that comes out of the jar.
2. Rewrite the myth as a science fiction story, using the idea of the jar/box as a metaphor for a contemporary or future idea or object.
3. Make a list of things you have opened in the last year. These can be concrete (doors, boxes, fridges) or abstract (accounts, memberships, opening your mind or heart to a new idea or feeling). Choose one thing from this list and write a story whose climax is about opening this thing and include one or more references to the Pandora myth.
Post your stories in the comments! At our meeting on 2/8 we will all read our stories (or an excerpt, as time allows) aloud and discuss our experiences with the process of writing them.