This and That (Saturday Writing Essential)

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We have Halloween coming up and I have a couple of things planned for the next two weekends. Because of that, I thought I’d be nice to you this week.

As I started writing this, I had no idea we had come so far and covered so many different genres of writing — almost thirty of them! Here, in no particular order are the things I’ve put you through.

First paragraph of a novel, anthropomorphism, biography, romance, conspiracy theory, detective/mystery, an embarrassing moment in your life, exposition, fairy tale, fan fiction, fantasy world, ghostwriting, historical fiction, history lesson, interview, military/war, movie review, new or improved, picture book, foreword/preface, ghost story, research paper, sci-fi, instructions, award thank you, time travel, vampires, westerns, and rewriting famous works.

In addition to specific genres, I’ve asked you to write one with exactly 500 words, one with twenty paragraphs or stanzas, and one with exactly five paragraphs/stanzas using only three, four, or five sentences/lines in each paragraph/stanza.

Whew! That’s a lot of work, so let’s take things easy this week.

 

This Week’s Challenge:

Not quite a freestyle week, but I want you to combine any THREE of the challenges listed above and come up with a story, article, or poem.

 

Ideas:

Sleeping Beauty wakes up in the year 2147 (with or without Prince Charming’s kiss) and finds her true love.

Write a mystery story that takes place in the future and put it in a picture book format. (One of the roughest things to do.)

Describe a fantasy world that has an ongoing war. (Think Star Trek.)

Send Buffy back to the Wild West to handle a vampire infestation.

Take the Yankees and Confederates into the future to fight the Battle of Gettysburg as a game for some higher intelligence.

The inhabitants of a future society have come back in time to harvest trees, something they don’t have. They can’t keep them alive, so they bring an Ent into the future to help breed and train the young trees.

Really easy: tell a story about a ghost and a vampire having a “gunfight” in the old west. (Wooden stake versus the vacuum machine thing from Ghostbusters?)

 

Watch Out For:

Can’t think of anything except my standard warning that if you’re going to use something from the past — make sure you don’t have someone using something that hasn’t yet been invented unless you’re using that as part of a time-travel story.

 

Recap:

Outstanding work this week. You covered just about every genre I could consider. Once again I’ll ask everyone to click on each of the entries below and, even if you don’t comment, please remember to click on the “recommend” button. Thank you.

I Really Love Lucy (Saturday Writing Essential)  by Michael Fishman

I’m a Tad Old (Saturday Writing Essential)  by Len Maxwell

Passing Through – (Saturday Writing Essential)  by Lynn P.

Pulled over by a Cop – Saturday Writing Essential  by Brenda Youngerman

Saturday Writing Essential-Fan Fiction  by Stacey (Jesus is coming soon! ) U.

SatWE – Inception II  by subroto s s.

Star Trek – FAN Fiction – SATwe – Saturday Writing Essential  by Elsie Duggan

Superman XXVII – Clark’s Last Day (Saturday Writing Essential)  by Greg Schiller

What Dickens was trying to say (Saturday Writing Essential, October 2nd, 2010)  by Angela A.

What Dickens was trying to say (Saturday Writing Essential, October 2nd, 2010)  by Allen H.

 

Submissions to Previous Challenges:

Feed Me – SatWE – takeoff on “It Ain’t Me Babe”  by Abbie H.

 

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: Not quite a freestyle week, but I want you to combine any THREE of the challenges listed above and come up with a story, article, or poem.

  • 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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