Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Challenge #47

The Scene

A long, muddy, dirt road beneath a tunnel of trees on a cloudy afternoon in December. 

Answer the following questions:

1. Why is the character in this particular place?

2. What do you see?

3. What do you hear?

4. What is behind you?

5. What is ahead?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Writing Challenge #46

Five Things on Monday

Use the following to either jump start a scene or incorporate it in a scene you're working on. If you're doing NaNoWriMo, place it in you next 1000 words.

1. The sound of bells across a meadow.

2. A scarf lying in the mud.

3. A dead cat on the step.

4. A torn piece of paper on a desk beneath an overturned vase.

5. The smell of bread baking.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Writing Challenge #45

Take a look at the photo found here:

Pay attention to the two girls in the sidewalk talking to the tall male. 

1. Who are they? What are they doing? Where are they?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Challenge #43

The Scene:

A person walking downtown sees something lying on the sidewalk. It is an Indian head nickle. They do not pick it up. They ....

The Rules:

1. Who are they? What is going on? Why are they where they are?
2. Use any POV you choose.
3. Introduce two other characters of any sex.
4. There must be something mystical in the scene.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Challenge #42

I happened to get this from a generator on Chaotic Shiny. The site has loads of generators. 

Write for at least 600 words about a mystery, a locked box, and a candle. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Challenge #41

Take the following phrase and write 500-1000 words using it as your starting sentence.

Between the lake and the woods lay ----

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Artist unknown. This was a wall paper I obtained from the web. If you know the source or artist, please leave me a note.

The Scene

Look at the photo above and write a short story about what is going on in the photo.

The Rules
1. Who are they? What is going on? Why are they where they are?

2. Minimum word count 1000 words.

3. Do anything else you want to do.

I will post my short story soon.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Challenge #38

The Scene:

Wind whips around the corner of a building, snapping the tails of a woman's coat as she walks along the street. It is dark. Someone is approaching.

The Rules:

1. Who are they? What is going on? Why are they where they are?

2. You must use 3rd person POV.

3. You must introduce water into the scene.

4. There is a distinctive smell.

5. There must be a reference to the Credence Clearwater Revival song "Bad Moon Rising"

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Challenge #37

300 A Night

This challenge was devised by my writing friend, Doug, when we went to lunch one day. We do lunch periodically to talk about writing. Because we are both in the throes of chaotic life, we are having a difficult time writing. After discussing how much NaNoWriMo helped, no forced us to stay on track and keep writing, Doug suggested something similar but more managable in the short term.

The Challenge is to write a minimum of 300 words every night for a set number of nights. We chose 10 consecutive nights beginning February 1st. We have a writer's meeting on the 10th and thought we could use what we come up with for a critique.

You should not attempt to write more. If you go over it doesn't actually matter but the idea is to stop as close to 300 as possible so you won't burn out at the end.

What I discovered was that I usually did go over and had to make myself stop. However, the next night was much easier. The second night even more so.

With luck, in ten days I'll have approximately 3000 words. Maybe they won't all be good words but I'm guessing there will be some useful one in there somewhere.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Challenge #36

The Scene

A dimly lit room, smelling of sawdust and leather. Three women are talking. A lamp hangs over their heads, swaying gently. The sound of running feet can be heard.

The Rules

1. Where are they? What are they doing? Why are they where they are?

2. Any POV you like.

3. Introduce two more characters.

4. Someone must be carrying a basket.

5. The color red must feature somewhere.

6. Use the statement: "Last I heard he was dead."

Monday, January 24, 2011

Challenge #35

The Scene

A lonely beach. A grounded vessel. A man sits in the sand staring at the horizon. Someone is swimming.

The Rules

1. Who are they? What is going on? Why are they where they are?

2. First person POV

3. A green bottle and a silver tray must feature in the scene

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