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    Quite Less Than a Thousand

    Quite Less Than a Thousand

     Jul 13, 2018

    They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. Choose a picture and tell all about it--in 200 words at most. Make each word count.

    Language, Settings

    Distance

    Distance

     May 11, 2018

    Write a few paragraphs in the third person about a young girl who got lost in a train station. Rewrite them to the first person. How does it change the voice? Which is more suitable for your piece?

    Language, Voice

    Zooming In

    Zooming In

     May 04, 2018

    Write the opening paragraphs of a story that occurs in a small place, beginning from a very broad perspective and gradually narrowing in on the location.

    Language, Voice, Settings

    The Child's Story

    The Child's Story

     Apr 20, 2018

    A child explains to her parents about a secret room that only exists in her mind. Make her dialog sound authentic for her age.

    Dialog, Language

    A Moment for Metaphors

    A Moment for Metaphors

     Mar 03, 2018

    Choose five adjectives. For each, find a metaphor that brings the adjective to life. Avoid cliches.

    Language

    Attitude

    Attitude

     Dec 16, 2017

    Write a dialog between a teenager and a parent without using any action beats. Make it obvious who is who only by their choice of words.

    Dialog, Language

    Say What?

    Say What?

     Dec 09, 2017

    Think of some close-knit group, like a brotherhood, an order, or a gang. Come up with five new slang words and five new proverbs they might use.

    Language

    Weak Words

    Weak Words

     Aug 02, 2017

    Write a few paragraphs introducing a character who has spent months training for their first bodybuilding competition, without using the words: very, really, actually, good, strong, awesome, big, nice, was, is, are, am, all, think, often.

    Language


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