Wednesday, I pose a new writing challenge here on the blog. These
challenges come from books on writing, classes I've taken on creative
writing, or sometimes just from my own imagination. If you're an author,
hopefully they will help you get your writing juices flowing and help
you improve your craft.
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simply comment on the challenge post with your response to the exercise.
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*You have limited space. Find ways to share multiple details in smaller phrases.
You can tell your readers how long the blood has been there by
describing the color, for example: fresh red vs. rusty brown (one is
still wet, recently spilled, while the other indicates old, dried
blood). If you tell them this, you don't have to also explain in terms
of specific time.
*How do you feel? Convey your emotions through your actions.
Panicked characters might immediately cry out for someone they are
worried about. Characters who don't feel emotionally invested in the
people in their home may not be concerned, and may simply raise an
eyebrow in dry curiosity instead of immediately reacting. By showing
your emotions through your actions, you avoid extra sentences wasted by
telling how you feel.
* Cut unnecessary details. Are
you afraid the blood belongs to someone you love? You don't have to
tell us how you met, if you're married, or even what they look like. Not
at this point. You can tell that to us later on in a more well-suited
scene. For now, all you have to do is show us your love through the way
you react. You'll react differently to this if its someone you love,
someone you hate, a family member, a good friend...think about these
Don't let those 3 sentences become long by turning them into run-ons. Find ways to convey more info in less words.