Writing 101 Day 18: Bad Days and Good People

Writing 101 Day 18: Misses Pauley Today’s prompt: write this story in first person, told by the twelve-year-old sitting on the stoop across the street. Today’s twist: For those of you who want an extra challenge, think about more than simply writing in first-person point of view — build this twelve-year-old as a character. Reveal at least one personality quirk, for example, either through spoken dialogue or inner monologue. Refer to some of the exercises we’ve done on character, dialogue, and even sentence length to help craft this person. All of these storytelling elements can combine to create a strong … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 18: Bad Days and Good People

Writing 101 Day 17: Three O’clock Hero

Day 17: Today’s Prompt: We all have anxieties, worries, and fears. What are you scared of? Address one of your worst fears. Today’s Twist: Write this post in a style distinct from your own. Well, I don’t know iffen I kin do that. Wait here, while I go and slip into something more casual. Okay. Now let’s see how you like this writing outfit. Three O’clock Hero The little spider was in my house and I didn’t like it one bit. As long as they kept themselves outside I had no problem with them but once they trespassed into my … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 17: Three O’clock Hero

Writing 101: Day 16: MILLERSYLVANIA: Serially lost continued

MILLERSYLVANIA continued from MILLERSYLVANIA PART IV and The Stray Sod Letter  to the Sheriff continued: The spring of my senior year I hiked again up the hill to the backside of Millersylvania and again visited the grave with another counselor and our kids. It had, like always, a freshly made stick cross. Nothing had been done about it yet so this time, instead of just telling the staff, I requested the ear of XXX, who was still the ranger. I told him like I am telling you now about the gravesite and where it was and he said, (I still … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 16: MILLERSYLVANIA: Serially lost continued

Writing 101: Day 15: Sequim’s Annual Irritation Festival

Day 15: Today’s Prompt: Think about an event you’ve attended and loved. Imagine you’re told it will be cancelled forever or taken over by an evil corporate force. How does that make you feel? Let’s consider your voice again. This topic can be tricky, as you might not be sure what your voice sounds like — yet. Today’s twist: While writing this post, focus again on your own voice. Pay attention to your word choice, tone, and rhythm. Read each sentence aloud multiple times, making edits as you read through. Before you hit “Publish,” read your entire piece out loud … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 15: Sequim’s Annual Irritation Festival

Writing 101: Day 14: Dear Spook

Day 14: Today’s Prompt: Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration. Today’s twist: write the post in the form of a letter. Well, the book that was handy was an old, I mean vintage, Louis L’Amour book titled Chancy. I love Lois. On page 29, it was hard to find the page numbers since all of them were way up in the center next to the binding, was a sentence: “I’ll spook their horses.” Now which word would have jumped … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 14: Dear Spook

Writing 101: Day 13

Day Thirteen: Serially Found:MILLERSYLVANIA PART IV On day four, you wrote a post about losing something. Today’s Prompt: write about finding something. Today’s twist: if you wrote day four’s post as the first in a series, use this one as the second installment — loosely defined. How many readers have witnessed a murder? How many have found someone who’s dead? How many have gone to court as a witness in a murder trial? In past posts, I’ve mentioned the stray sod. You do remember there is such a thing, right? Millersylvania Part I There is a place in southwest Washington … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 13

Writing 101: Day 12

Today’s Prompt: Write a post inspired by a real-world conversation.Today’s twist: include an element of foreshadowing in the beginning of your post. Realization As we walked through southern California’s winter haze, my heart locked in a sheath of steel, cold and gray, I kicked a pebble across the sidewalk, daring it to fight back, staring it down through Clint Eastwood eyes. “I want to buy a gun.” I despised the person who walked beside me. Last night he impersonated one of his favorite comedians, Rodney Dangerfield. Here, take my wife, please, just leave me alone. I loathed him. Mr. Runupstairsandhide … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 12

Writing 101: Day 11

Day Eleven: Size Matters (In Sentences) The assignment is to write sentences that vary in their length. Today’s Prompt: Where did you live when you were 12 years old? Ollie Ollie Um Comefree By Lenee Cobb We’d moved from one dead-end road in Lakewood to another, in a new school district. I was the outsider. Again. This was an old neighborhood, a neighborhood that every one of the neighborhood children was born into—except me—us—my little brothers and I. Our house, which was located near the cul-de-sac, was painted a pale green, a green similar to an unripe apple, a color … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 11

Writing 101: Day 10

Day Ten: Tell us something about your favorite childhood meal — the one that was always a treat, that meant “celebration,” or that comforted you and has deep roots in your memory. Free free to focus on any aspect of the meal, from the food you ate to the people who were there to the event it marked. Today’s twist: Tell the story in your own distinct voice. Grandma Knows Best By Lenee Cobb My Grandma Williams was known for her good cooking. She learned her cooking from her momma, another woman known far and wide and remembered fondly for … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 10

Writing 101: Day 9

The Assignment: Day Nine: Point of View Today’s Prompt: A man and a woman walk through the park together, holding hands. They pass an old woman sitting on a bench. The old woman is knitting a small, red sweater. The man begins to cry. Write this scene. We encourage you to give fiction a try, even if that not what you normally do — it can be a fun way to stretch. If fiction feels like a bridge to far, take some element from the scene that speaks to you, and write a non-fiction piece about that. Today’s twist: write … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 9