Entries in this day we write (9)

Saturday
May312014

Connected!

creative commons image by Becky Bokern. Thanks, Becky!Router crashed yesterday -- and the usual chaos ensued. Back online now, with just time to suggest the following for your 100 word challenge...

Write about the teeny tiny problem -- easily solved -- that instead sets off a firestorm/disaster/nightmare. Go!

 

More soon...

 

~kc

Thursday
May292014

Hunger...

How is your 100 word challenge progressing? I heard some good feedback on how some of you are addressing the subject of loss in your work. It's interesting, you know, because loss is so different than conflict. Loss -- true loss -- there is no coming back from. No action can change it. In life and on the page, people can be defined by their loss, or move past it or even never get over it. Loss is a route into character, albeit an often painful one. I hope exploring it has helped you with your story.

Tomorrow's challenge is almost the opposite, in many ways. Hunger is the state of longing that can move a story forward in so many ways -- hunger for food, for love, for power. So...

Use your hundred words to explore what your character is hungry for. Hunger for food is an awesome metaphor -- can you use your character's favourite food to launch you into an exploration of what they are truly hungry for? What's stopping them from getting what they want and eating it all in one sitting?

Have fun cooking up this challenge!

 

More soon...

 

~kc

 

[If you are reading this post and wondering just what the heck is going on, you might want to click HERE to read the genesis of the 'kc 100 word challenge'. And if this challenge isn't for you, another route to jumpstart your writing is the Famous Yahtzee Method! Either way....This Day We Write!]

Monday
May262014

Loss...

 

 

 

Well.

This has been a pretty tough month for me, on a number of fronts. So, let's talk about loss, shall we? I'm kinda in the mood...

For your 100 word challenge, subject one of your characters to an unexpected --and therefore shocking -- loss. How do they cope? How does this help define them as a person? How does it change them forever?

 

Let me know how it goes. You know where to find me.

 

More soon...

 

~kc

Friday
May232014

The Night Sky

A quick one tonight, in honour of the Camelopardalis...

A third of our lives [give or take, latitudinally-speaking] is spent under a night-time sky. For tomorrow...

Use your 100 word challenge to celebrate the night sky. Is it a backdrop? Is it the setting itself? Does it light the path, unexpectedly? And just how do your protagonist's eyes reflect starlight, anyway?

 

More soon...

 

~kc

[If you are reading this post and wondering just what the heck is going on, you might want to click HERE to read the genesis of the 'kc 100 word challenge'. And if this challenge isn't for you, another route to jumpstart your writing is the Famous Yahtzee Method! Either way....This Day We Write!]

Thursday
May222014

What is that smell...?

Rare Scottish Proboscis...For the next writing prompt, I'd like you to turn your attention to the most neglected part of the sensory setting in most stories -- the olfactory.

 

What does it smell like in this scene -- a freshly rain-washed morning? The inside of a week-old noodle box? The insole of a teen basketball star's shoes?

Describing scent can be a lot of fun, but it's not enough just to mark your territory. You need that odour to drive the story forward in its own way.

'Because she smelled of Jasmine, he...'

'The funk of untreated sewage seared her nose hairs clean away, so she...'

'Rich, raw and coppery, the smell rose up from the entrails as she...'

Well, you get the idea. Now let's see you WRITE it:

 

Use your 100 words to not only add sensory depth through scent, but to drive the story forward on the strength of the smell alone.

 

I'd love to see what you come up with -- feel free to share in the comments below -- or send me a snip of 140 characters or less on twitter, @kcdyer! Speaking of twitter, as we are teetering on the edge of 900 followers, I rashly promised a random draw for a book AND a real English Cadbury chocolate bar [is there any other kind?] when we hit the big 900. Spread the word to join in the fun.

 

 

And of course, there will be...

 

More soon...!

 

 

~kc

 

 

[If you are reading this post and wondering just what the heck is going on, you might want to click HERE to read the genesis of the 'kc 100 word challenge'. And if this challenge isn't for you, another route to jumpstart your writing is the Famous Yahtzee Method! Either way....This Day We Write!]