Shortly after Gather crashed, I wrote a story. At first all I did was write random thoughts—my mind was unfocused, and my fingers were antsy. I was thinking of the movie “Men in Tights,” and the name of the story came to me. It was “Robin Howl.”
I enjoyed writing this silly story more than anything I had ever written. I wrote whatever came to mind, without thought for structure or outcome. I wrote because I needed to let my mind escape reality. Maybe I also wrote out of habit—I’ll never know. What I do know is it was freeing and fun.
The thing that surprised me was the outcome. Having no structure or plot, the possibility of a story came out of it. So, I took the writing and turned it into a story and revised it a few times. It still needs a great deal of editing.
What I’m trying to say is spontaneity has rewards. For me, getting something out of my mind and onto cyber paper is exhilarating—no thought, just doing.
My challenge to you this week is to take any storybook or comic book character. Write whatever comes to mind for or about him/her. Don’t try to write a story or edit your work. Just write what’s comes to your mind and post that.
If you do this challenge, your post may not make sense, but will be delightful to read. Then, in a separate post, revise it and turn it into a full story.
Keep in mind, this is a monitored group and there are only a couple of rules, which are:
Make sure you put this (WWE, 7/10/13,Random Thoughts) in your title.
Be sure to tag it with WWE, Gather Writing Essentials, Random Thoughts. Post to Gather Writing Essential.
I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Tuesday afternoon.
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.
Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do and won’t think you’re crazy.
Challenge: Take any storybook or comic book character. Write whatever comes to mind for or about him/her. Don’t try to write a story or edit your work. Just write what’s comes to your mind and post that.
Then, in a separate post, revise it and turn it into a full story.
BELOW ARE RESPONSES TO PRIOR CHALLENGES - CHECK THEM OUT. Please let me know if I missed anyone's post and I'll get it linked for next week.
No More Sleeping With You, by Heather - child of God, C.
A Sneeze Saved Me, by Elsie Duggan