Sunday Writing Essential (SunWE, 01/12/14, Imagination)
The foundation for writing fiction is imagination, and in varying degrees that holds true for poetry and other forms of writing as well. A good writer envisions their story before putting pen to paper or tapping at the keyboard. So this week we’re going to stretch those imaginations with a little writing exercise. The challenge I put forth is to create an imaginative story from the scenario I supply and make it intriguing and believable. I want you to take an ordinary situation and make it unexpected or surprising.
The Challenge: You are in a room, looking at a closed cardboard box sitting on a table. Use your imagination and open the box to show me the surprise inside. Reveal the hidden secrets of the box. Does the box contain a pocket universe, fishing tackle, a shrunken Tardis, a shrunken head, another box, or maybe even nothing at all? You decide.
Here’s a Quick Example:
She loved presents, especially ones delivered out of the blue.
As her fingers pried open the top of the box she could hear ticking. She smiled, thinking her aunt had sent her another clock… but it wasn’t a clock.
Her family held her funeral on the same day the police arrested her ex-boyfriend. When questioned, he confessed to making and sending the explosive device that killed her.
The List of Things to Do:
Add this Challenge Statement to the post: You are in a room, looking at a closed cardboard box sitting on a table. Use your imagination and open the box to show me the surprise inside. Reveal the hidden secrets of the box. Your post can be fiction or poetry.
Put (SunWE, 01/12/14, Imagination) in your post title.
Be sure to tag your post with SunWE, Gather Writing Essential, and Imagination.
Then post it to Gather Writing Essential. You can also comment below with the link to your post to ensure I find it.
And try to post it by next Sunday.
There is also a limit of three submissions from each member per day which you can follow or ignore at your discretion.
And six wonderful posts were submitted for last week’s Heat challenge:
POSTCARD (SunWE, 01/05/14, Heat) Prompt by David W.
Heat? Yeah, I Can Handle That (SunWE, 01/05/14, Heat) by Len Maxwell
HOT, STICKY AND SMELLING OF FISH (SunWE, 01/05/14, Heat) by Wilhelmine E.
Heat Spots – (SunWE, 01/05/14, Heat) by Benita K.
If I somehow missed yours, please let me know so I can go read it post haste.