October 18, 2021– October will be over in just under two weeks; can you believe it? We’ve figured out Luna’s Halloween costume, the cats’ costumes, and our own, so we are officially ready to celebrate Halloween over Zoom with our families!
We hope you’re enjoying the author challenge this month, which is photo writing prompts, and I hope you’re discovering things about yourself as an author and about your work. Let’s dig into today’s assignment.
Instructions: Write a 2,000-word short story using the photo prompt above. Use first-person narrative in the mystery genre. A lot of people make the mistake of using too much internal dialogue when writing in the first person, but a quick tip to help you correct this is to think of your manuscript as if it were being made into a movie. If your book made it to the big screen, would your audience know what’s going on based on what you’ve written?
First-person narrative: First-person narrative sits the reader right beside the main character during the story. The reader experiences everything the main character does and has a front-row seat to the action! Use the pronouns “I,” “me,” “we,” and “us” to tell a story from the main character’s perspective.
Mystery genre: The mystery genre contains stories with narration in which one or more elements remain unknown until the end; the stories are like puzzles, where the reader is given one piece at a time to figure out the big picture. It starts backward (like with a dead body) and then finds out who the killer is. A thriller is when the story works forwards.
Happy writing! As always, feel free to send us your work for consideration to email@example.com.
October 14, 2021– I’ll let you in on a little secret…I’m absolutely *terrified* of butterflies. Yep. Butterflies. I know, they’re so beautiful and gentle and blah, blah, blah…but I have a genuine fear of them. My Nana took me to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara when I was a kid and I remember the creatures landing on me, fluttering above my head, and there being hundreds of them. Thinking about it gives me goosebumps and not the good kind!
The writing prompt for today may be beautiful to some of you, whimsical to others, and terrifying to some (like me).
Instructions: Using the photo above, write a fantasy piece in 3,000 words.
Fantasy is defined by Wikipedia as- Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often inspired by real-world myth and folklore. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then became fantasy literature and drama.
Happy writing! X LLB
October 13, 2021-October makes me want to snuggle up with a good book and a piping hot cup of coffee. There’s something about the temperature dropping, the sound of crunching leaves underfoot, and pumpkins lining front porches, that gets me in the zone for not only reading a cute cozy romance but to write as well. The writing challenge for today is simple yet beautiful.
Instructions: Using the photo prompt above, write a 1500 word short story about coffee. It can be in any genre you choose. Will you write about the taste and smell of freshly ground beans? Will you write about how coffee gives you superpowers? Will you write about an encounter in a coffee shop around the corner from your house? Will you write about the historic discovery of coffee on the Ethiopian plateau? The sky is the limit!
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October 11, 2021-As you know, we are doing a writing challenge this month where we post a new photo each day and give instructions on word count and genre. I hope that you’re enjoying the writing exercises and that you’re expanding your vision of what it means to be a writer and to challenge yourself.
Instructions: Using the photo above, write a 2500 word short story about a road trip you’d like to take anywhere in the world. How would you get there? Who would you go with? What would you see along the way? What challenges would you face? Try to incorporate all five senses into your experience.
As always, if you’d like to submit your work for publication consideration, send an email to us at email@example.com.
October 8, 2021-October is all about challenging yourself as an author to write, explore, and create outside of your comfort zone. Today’s photo challenge will do just that!
Instructions: Using the photo prompt above, take a good long look at the word ASK. What does it mean to you? What is something that you’ve asked for that has yet to come to fruition? If it hasn’t happened yet, will you continue to ask, why or why not? Why does asking scare us so much; is it fear of rejection, or because we don’t believe we deserve it? Is there a scale to asking? Is asking for a pen different than asking for money? Why? Why not? Write down how the word ASK makes you feel and why there is so much baggage attached to one word.
I decided to write a stream of consciousness for this exercise (yes, I do each exercise just like you!) here it is.
Before we could speak, we’ve asked.
For nourishment, for connection, for love.
As we grew and developed our voice, our asks changed.
We asked for birthday wishes, sleepovers, a pet, and to stay up just a bit later.
We matured and asked for the car keys, a longer curfew, for our parents not to worry.
Now we ask for the safety of our families, our nation, our collectiveness as humans.
We ask for strength, for wisdom, for patience, and for truth.
We ask why me? Why us? Why now? and Why not?
We ask for just a bit longer, for the departed not to go, we ask them and ourselves to hang on just a while more.
We ask for forgiveness.
We ask for absolution.
We ask for new beginnings and resolutions to old problems.
We never stop asking.
We can’t stop asking.