Have you ever wished you could write like your favorite author, or wondered what it would be like to NEVER use the word “said” in a story? Do you ever wish you were better at “showing” and not “telling”? Are your descriptions blah and you conversations stilted? Perhaps you’ve experienced all of these feelings and others but you don’t know what to do about it.
If that is the case, keep reading.
When I first started writing, I wasn’t very good. Like everyone else, I had to learn. I had to find my style, my best way to write. And it didn’t happen overnight.
I wanted to write well, but that meant I had to practice. But how do you practice and what should you practice?
That’s when the Short Calendar Stories started.
I learned so much just from these short stories. I had fun trying out new and different writing styles, techniques, and story lengths. Some stories were more difficult to write while others just flew from my pen. Some I didn’t like very well, but those who read them did. Others I really liked. Some I really had to cut down to fit the word count while others I had to add more filler to reach the word count.
Since I know many of my readers are writers, I thought it was time for us to have a little fun. Each 3rd Tuesday of the month, I’m going to give you a new “Short Story” to write. I will give you the word count, the number of characters you can have, and the technique you should use. You either have to pick a calendar picture that you really like and set the story there, or use one of the pictures I post. (Calendars can be very important in a writer’s life for more things than keeping track of dates.) Once your story is finished, post it on your blog and leave a comment here with the link to it. I will then go and read your story and give you feedback. Sound like fun? If you don’t have a blog, you can always e-mail the story to me a readanotherpage [at] gmail [dot] com.
Grab your pen and paper and get ready to write!
Your first assignment is:
Characters: 1 adult, 1 child
Word Count: 1500-2500
Special Instructions: “omniscient narrator”– knows and shares characters feelings and thoughts, not just words, actions and setting. (The narrator takes us inside each character’s head.)
Pictures to choose from (if you don’t have one of your own):
Have fun, and let me know if you have any questions! I’m looking forward to reading your story!