Diary Challenge: 10th-16th Jan 2011

New character week has been pretty good for me! I came up with a weird new character and learned all kinds of things about her by doing the writing challenges. I’m ready with my novel plan for Sunday and I feel like I’ve got something I can write about for NaNoWriMo this year already! I’m really feeling the creative juices flowing. Now if I could just think of a flash fiction piece for this now terribly complicated character I’ve created.

But lets take a break and look forward to next week. My beloved hubby is going to Florida for a conference next week and leaving Ben and I home alone :(. So this week the challenges are going to be a touch on the dark side. Whaa haa haa. Here’s what I’ve come up with if you’re playing at home:

Monday 10th Jan – Description Challenge

Describe a place in a state of decay or rot. You’ll be using it later in the week!

Tuesday 11th Jan – Dialogue Challenge

Write a conversation with 2 or more participants. The catch is that one of them can’t be heard by the others. You decide why and you decide if they know the others can’t hear them.

Wednesday 12th Jan – Scene Challenge

This scene can be about anything and can have any number of characters. There’s just one rule: no talking. No dialogue of any kind. They can’t write notes to each other either. That’s not in the spirit of the challenge :).

Thursday 13th Jan – Dream Challenge

Write something based on a dream. I just hope it’s better than last week when the only dream I could remember was about a new karaoke trend where the computer picks a song for you to sing based on your answers to a personality quiz. Weird.

Friday 14th Jan – Poetry Challenge

‘It’s tragic. It’s emotional. No one understands me and the only way I can truly express myself is through my depressing emo poetry.’

I think anyone who wrote poetry as a teen wrote at least one of these poems and thought it was a work of literary genius at the time. Let your emo side out now and write just one more of these lovely pieces.

If you’re too upbeat for emo you have permission to write an Elmo poem instead.

Saturday 15th Jan – Flash Fiction

Remember that decaying place you did on Monday? Use it as the setting for your Flash Fiction. It can be about anything that fits.

Sunday 16th JanPotluck Challenge – Stream of Consciousness

Free writing! This week we’re starting with the word ‘Dark’.

And that’s it for now!

7 thoughts on “Diary Challenge: 10th-16th Jan 2011

  1. I love your writing challenge ideas! I wonder if one could do something similar with technical writing / documentation type things, would be interesting.. Not sure where I’d find the time though (that’s just the opposition speaking!)

    Keep it up! Maybe write up a summary of the things you produce?

    Just bought a book called “Writing Down the Bones” which is looking useful..

    • Hmmmm, I think this is a great idea, you must talk to me about writing technical articles as Matt and I are pushing towards that this year again and joining forces with you and some others I think we can make an impact in something.

      See me (after class) 🙂

    • You can find the time :). Start out by doing once a week if every day is too much.
      Good idea about posting a summary. I was thinking that most of what I’m producing is way too rough to post, but I could at least post what ideas I came up with.

      • The book is good btw, I recommend it to writers.

        I figured you might not want to publish the raw stuff 😉 I’ll be intrigued to see what you summarise.

  2. Ooooh, I think i must try the Emo and the Elmo poem tomorrow just to show support to you my dear. Remind me and I will give it a go…maybe I should just think of Edward and Bella and their heartwrenching (stomach turning) love – which takes about 2 days to become Emo-tastic 🙂

    Keep up the challenges.

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