Take this One Week writing challenge. Spend 15-20 minutes every day for the next week.
Pick a photograph that speaks to you. One with a story behind it that isn’t entirely contained in the visual information. Paint a portrait of this snapshot moment in words. Include the backstory not revealed by the image.
Sketch a description of a character, a specific person, in words. Physical attributes, behavioral traits, challenges, goals, motives. Can you capture their voice?
Find a poem or a short quotation which inspires you. Without quoting or plagiarizing phrases, write an essay about the images, memories, ideas, and feelings the work evokes in you.
Put together the playlist of 10 songs for your story. Why these songs? What do they mean to you?
Think of a smell you remember so pungently you couldn’t ever forget it. Write about when and where you were when your olfactory senses imprinted the memory indelibly. Describe the memory. Reflect upon its import.
Select a myth, a fairytale, or archetypal narrative to reflect upon. David and Goliath, Oedipus, Cinderella, Hamlet. Pull the first one that comes to mind. How do you connect with it? With which character do you identify? Rewrite the myth from this character’s point of view.
Write an essay about what you know to be true about a) cabin fever b) cardinals or c) casseroles from your own experience, knowledge, eyewitness observations, expertise, or professional position.
If you leave your writing in the comments, I promise to read and respond to your creative efforts.
In the pre-dawn hours of February 18, 1942, three American warships zigzagged in convoy along the south coast of Newfoundland. Caught in a raging blizzard, the three ships ran aground on one of the most inhospitable stretches of coastline in the world—less than three miles apart, within eight minutes of each other. The Wilkes freed herself. The Truxton and Pollux could not. Fighting frigid temperatures, wild surf, and a heavy oil slick, a few sailors, through ingenuity and sheer grit, managed to gain shore—only to be stranded under cliffs some 200 feet high. From there, local miners mounted an arduous rescue mission. In Hard Aground, based onRead more…