Last week’s challenge was to write a 500 word (or more, you overachievers) piece inspired by one of Kortney Thoma‘s fantastic photographs. Sunday’s come around again and now it’s time to own up to how you did.
Personal confession time: I completed the challenge, though later rather than sooner. I did not write every day, which a personal goal and something I struggle to find time with. Or rather, I should clarify, I didn’t write every day on my own work. But one foot in front of the other, right?
Leave your updates in the comments below. I look forward to passing out many gold stars!
This week: TWIST! There are two challenges this week.
1. Two weeks ago, our 500-words-a-day goal was not the most successful. So we’ll dial it back a bit. We’re back to daily writing, but the minimum word count is 350. Easy, right? Right.
2. For those of you who wrote something this week, either inspired by the photograph or your own writing, I challenge you to share it next week. There’s a few bonus points in this for you.
That’s it! You have until 10 p.m. next Sunday night to check in and tell us how you did.
New friends and old friends, don’t forget that our writers group is open 24/7 for commiseration and support, as well as helpful links, contest submission information, and tips.
Need a little inspiration? Try this writing exercise:
The T.S. Eliot/John Gardner Killer Exercise: This exercise is quite possibly the most difficult, demanding and important exercise a writer can ever do. The poet and critic, T. S. Eliot, coined the phrase “objective correlative” to designate what he believed was the most important element in writing: Rendering the description of an object so that the emotional state of the character from whose point of view we receive the description is revealed WITHOUT ever telling the reader what that emotional state is or what has motivated it.
The late John Gardner, recognized in his lifetime as the leading creative writing teacher in the United States, developed the following exercise for students:
A middle-age man is waiting at a bus stop. He has just learned that his son has died violently. Describe the setting from the man’s point of view WITHOUT telling your reader what has happened. How will the street look to this man? What are the sounds? Odors? Colors? That this man will notice? What will his clothes feel like? Write a 250 word description. (via psu.edu)