Writing Challenge #1
In my last post I invited readers to try their hand at creative writing by writing a short story of no more than 100 words and incorporating the following 9 words:
Fly, Magnitude, Timothy, Typography, Death, Closet, Swell, Rena, Jerome.
A couple of hours later I’d already received the first submission from Allison Day. She just couldn’t resist. Allison is a woman of many talents: a website coder, a dancer and from what I’ve heard, a fantastic cook. She also writes stories on her blog entitled Mariko.
Allison shared what this writing challenge was like for her:
For me, this process was a challenge that I couldn’t resist. I stubbornly didn’t want to use all of the names you had provided, so I looked up alternate definitions of the names to see what else I could come up with. And when I first read the nine words, the obvious story was grim – but I didn’t want to do obvious, and the alternate definition for “timothy” provided my story for me. After that… the story practically wrote itself, although I did have to wrestle with “typography” to get it to fit nicely in there. ;)
I think you’ll enjoy what she cooked up with those 9 words. :-)
You’re killing me with typography
Stubbornly ignoring the screaming voice, she sat down hard in the field of timothy grass and angrily swatted at a fly. She’d rather catch her death out here than go back.
She had tried hiding in the closet, but her brother had found her and threatened to tell mom where she was. Stupid Jerome always had been a tattletale.
“Rena! Get back here right this second!”
Well, that’s just swell. Her mother’s voice was increasing in magnitude.
Stupid, boring typography. So what if it had always been the family business? With fancy printers these days, why bother anymore?
To date, 6 submissions have been received that I will be posting over the next few weeks. I love how creative everyone has been with these 9 words. Each submission is SO different!
There is still time if you want to submit some writing; the deadline is Sunday, August 15th. Please note that there are 5 things to be considered for a submission to be accepted. To be fair to the rest of the participants, I reserve the right to refuse submissions that do not follow the guidelines.
You can find out all the details about this creative writing challenge here.
Photo credit: Phu Son Nguyen