Step Out of Yourself (Saturday Writing Essential)

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Gosh, this has been a long year and I’m already tired so I think I’ll take a day off.

Last August,  Joann B.  wrote an amazing challenge  STEP OUT OF YOURSELF (Saturday Writing Essential); and I think that’s what we’ll do this week.

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Well, I’ve just discovered that Len and I share the exact birthdate, which means that our natal charts are very similar (although I doubt he was born in mid-town Manhattan), which further means that this should be a piece of cake, right? HAH! We’ll see about that.

 

This Week’s Challenge:

As a writer, you draw inspiration from the familiar world around you. You observe and take note of details which your imagination weaves into the fabric of your work. Your time and place in the universe has a great deal to do with how you see the world. Picture yourself in another time; another place. You’re not a hero or a villain or an important historical personage, you’re you. Tell us a story that you observe – a vignette from the life happening around you; an event important only to its participants.

 

Ideas:

You might be a camel driver in Marco Polo’s baggage train. Would you have any contact with the great man, or is he perhaps not so impressive. What takes place around you?

Are you one of the unknown thousands of people driven from homes that became a dustbowl in the 1930s?

Maybe you’re a llama herder in Ecuador or Bolivia. Is it a peaceful existence? What are the threats? What is the story of your friend, who died?

Are you the wife of a fur trapper? Where? What is that like?

Perhaps you are your own great- or great,great-grandparent, finding yourself in a strange, new country.

 

Watch Out For:

Don’t succumb to the temptation to be someone grand; don’t be Julius Caesar, or Elizabeth I, or Copernicus. Be the wine merchant two streets away, who sells Copernicus his table wine.

 

Recap:

Maybe it has something to do with the new year. The last time I asked you to write something about yourself everyone shied away from the challenge. This time — whew! The following posts are so good that you’ll kick yourself later if you don’t read them right now. Well, what are you waiting for? Go read these.

How old is old?-satgweby karen vaughan

I Once Stole Something (Saturday Writing Essential)  by Len Maxwell

If I Die Young, Bury Me in Satin…… Saturday Writing Essential (SWE)  by jeanne clarke

MY SATURDAY WRITING ESSENTIAL “CONFESSION” IS A TRAGIC PROFILE  by Phillip DeNise

Saturday Writing Essential – No Barley and Hops for Me….  by Janet “Jax” B.

Saturday Writing Essential (Jan 7, 2012): People die, so what?  by Chuck S.

Saturday Writing Essential I Once Helped Myself…  by Patricia J.

Saturday Writing Essential: The Tumbleweed  by Éilísh Frazier

Saturday Writing Essential: You Get What You Ask For  by G.H. Monroe

SatWE Jan 8th If I do not see you…does that make you a ghost?  By Korak 257

Searching For Peace In My Life ~ Saturday Writing Essential  by Connie C.

Something about me. satgwe  by karen vaughan

With Tail Between my Legs ~ for Saturday Writing Essential  by JOHN BECK

You Didn’t Know That About Me for Saurday Writing Essential  by Karen E.

 

Submissions to Previous Challenges:

Hmm, this was from 11 Jul 2011. I don’t normally screw up that badly, but I did this time.

THE SEEKING – (Saturday Writing Essential)  by Joann B.

 

Weekly reminder: Don’t forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida’s article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.

 

The Rules:

  • Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.

Challenge: As a writer, you draw inspiration from the familiar world around you. You observe and take note of details which your imagination weaves into the fabric of your work. Your time and place in the universe has a great deal to do with how you see the world. Picture yourself in another time; another place. You’re not a hero or a villain or an important historical personage, you’re you. Tell us a story that you observe – a vignette from the life happening around you; an event important only to its participants.

  • There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
  • Post to Gather Writing Essential.
  • Tag your submission with SatWE.
  • Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
  • I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.

Good Writing!

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