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I’m Not Blogging; You Are

by Davina on August 1, 2010

The words just write

Compromise. Blogging still has its grip on me, as you may have noticed. Yah, yah.

I’ve been prompted with another post idea that I will issue to you as a writing challenge, while I’m… ahem… breaking from the blog *snort*.

Today I completed another writing exercise to encourage a piece of fiction for the Summer Writing Space I’m participating in.

Fiction is the style of writing that I’m most challenged with and after choosing a structure, I was able to let it happen.

I let the words tell the story and let go of the perception that I was telling a story. It flowed.

Funny how cooperative the imagination can be when it has a directive; like a child with a short attention span who just needs a little guidance.

I’ll share the result in a few weeks, after we’re finished with the following…

Just 9 words of the day

Here is the challenge I’m proposing:

Using the following nine words, write a story or a poem, etc., keeping it to a maximum of 100 words.

Fly, Magnitude, Timothy, Typography, Death, Closet, Swell, Rena, Jerome.

You can choose these words, or pick nine of your own; post to your blog, linking to this post, or submit your post to me as a guest post.

NOTE: If you choose to submit your post as a guest post you must use the words that I have chosen. Ha! :-)

You cannot alter the form of the words. For example: do not use “swelling” instead of “swell”. You can use hyphenated forms of the words in this challenge.

When you send your submission to davina (at) shadesofcrimson (dot) com:

1. Include a title for your submission, (maximum 100 words).

2. Please include an image of your choice; your own or one with permission, giving credit to the source.

3. A few words sharing what the process was like for you.

4. A link to your blog, including its name and your name.

5. Submit by August 15th (two weeks from now).

These five things need to be considered for a submission to be accepted.

This is not a contest; just an exercise I thought might be fun to share. Depending on how many I receive, I will choose three submissions to post here.

If you don’t choose to participate, please spread the word. Or, perhaps you’d like to answer a question or two:

Why do you write?

What is your biggest challenge?

Imagine you’re writing now; see yourself from an observer’s perspective. Describe yourself; in 9 words ;-)

Photo Credit: Karindalziel

We can do so much with words, imagery, imagination and structure. Interpreting it as sculptural, letting the words flow… I love this concept, Jan, because it gives us “tools” to work with. I like how you said “the words grew”… nice play on words :)
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Davina August 14, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Hi Belinda.
Moving closer to your truer self — I love that expression. Writing does have a way of taking you there, even when you don’t see it. Sometimes only after you’ve written something and look back, do you see yourself. It’s like it sneaks up on you when you least expect it and only because you don’t expect it. I’d love to hear more about why you tried to ignore this passion. I bet there’s a story there!

Editing huh? You might try this exercise, then. It’s a great way to practice cutting out words and letting go of phrases you might have become attached to, just to fit it into 100 words.

Jannie Funster August 16, 2010 at 5:36 am

Hey, it’s the 16th! I better get my submission in to you!! I’m a day late, and a dollar short.


And hey — things are looking pretty uptown here with your Thesis theme! Whoo-hoo.

.-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Angel Of Delight In The Garden =-.

Davina August 16, 2010 at 8:25 am

It is the 16th… of August. What happened to June and July? That’s what I’d like to know. Thanks :-) I love my Thesis theme.

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