Your week’s BEGGAR Challenge:
Pick up an object on your right. Doesn’t matter what it is – could be your mouse, a book, a chocolate bar – just whatever is closest to hand. Take a minute to look at it. Really look at it. Notice its seams, its texture. Does it have a smell? Once you’ve turned it over several times, gotten a solid, tactile idea of what it is, put it someplace you can’t see it. Now describe it. Use a lot of adjectives. Be florid. Describe it like it’s the most important object in the room. Incorporate as many senses as you can, within the bounds of logic (you don’t need to describe how your mouse tastes, for example, unless you really want to!). Make it a whole paragraph!
Got the paragraph? Now take all of it, every dripping descriptor, and truncate it to a sentence. Capture as much of the original paragraph as you can.
Have your sentence? Now, make this object truthfully the most important thing in the room. Give it magic. Make it the keystone of an insidious plot, or the last of its kind. Or maybe its value was in the person who gifted it. Make it up!
And most of all, have fun with it. 🙂
I may not participate in this challenge, just because I have a crazy ton of stuff due to my boss (that’s the slave-driver in my conscience, and her whip is painful) this week. It’s a fun exercise, though, and once you get good at it, you’ll never want for story ideas again!
I’ve been remiss in updating. I wanted to post Monday and completely spaced it. Why? Because I’ve been working!
I haven’t added any new words to the work-in-progress. This bums me out. On the other hand, I have spent literally days on Kickstarter plans! And despite my lack of updates, I have, in fact, made good on my BEGGAR challenge. Most days, I’ve been planning and plotting and marketing and researching. I’ve gotten in 30 minutes every day since we started. So even though I was really wanting those 30 minutes to be actual writing, I’m perfectly happy with 30 minutes spent on my writing career. 🙂
That’s my progress; how’s yours?
And just in case you need the extra fun, here’s a challenge!
This week (near-week, as I’ll check in on Monday), compile a list of story ideas. We’ll make it 8 ideas for the shorter week. They don’t have to be complex ideas, just seeds from which you might grow a story later. I often find that what I think are new story ideas are actually ideas that can be worked into my current story in a fun, unexpected way. And if not, at least it gets the creativity flowing!
My example for today: A little girl discovers a fairy hiding in her Christmas tree.
‘Tis the season!
See you Monday!