Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Twelve Days of Writing

These days I am a mess of crumbs and deadlines, so it's no wonder I haven't spent much time baking or writing or reading. When I do have leisure time, the pressure of finding just the right thing to spend it doing is too much, and I usually fold up and crochet or knit something or play video games with Mike. So I've decided to be proactive, and take a tweet I saw last night as a sign: A 12-Day Plan of Simple Writing.

Day 1:
Write 10 potential book titles of books you’d like to write.

Day 2:
Create a character with personality traits of someone you love, but the physical characteristics of someone you don’t care for.

Day 3:
Write a setting based on the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen.

Day 4:
Write a letter to an agent telling her how wonderful you are.

Day 5:
Write a 20-line poem about a memorable moment in your life.

Day 6:
Select a book on your shelf and pick two chapters at random. Take the first line of one chapter and the last line of the other chapter and write a short story (no more than 1000 words) using those as bookends to your story.

Day 7:
Write a letter to yourself telling you what you need to improve in the coming 6 months.

Day 8:
Rewrite a fairy tale from the bad guy’s point of view.

Day 9:
Turn on your TV. Write down the first line that you hear and write a story based on it.

Day 10:
Go sit in a public place and eavesdrop on a conversation. Turn what you hear into a short love story (no matter how much you have to twist what they say).

Day 11:
Write the acknowledgments page that will be placed in your first (next?) published book, thanking all the people who have helped you along the way.

Day 12:
Gather everything you’ve written over the previous 11 days. Pick your favorite. Edit it, polish it and either try to get it published or post it on the Web to share with the world. Be proud of yourself and your work.

So there you have it: my newest project for the next 12 days at least. Wish me luck!

1 comment:

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I feel like I should really do this challenge... it might break my writer's block.