Happy Memorial Day 2011

Hey all. I forgot today was Memorial Day so I’m going to push Writer’s Digest’s words from today to Thursday. That means you guys just enjoy your day today without a challenge ( but hopefully surrounded by those you love).

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Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #147

BET YOU CAN’T do this writing prompt. Take the 10 random words below and, in the comments, crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story tying all of them together! And remember: after (if) you finish, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.)

  1. Mechanical
  2. Close
  3. Breathe
  4. Tend
  5. Fuss
  6. Enlarge
  7. Scream
  8. Mix
  9. Drain
  10. Grab

NOTE: Don’t copy and paste from MS Word. Use a program like notepad that removes formatting or just type in the comment field itself. Also, finish your submission, THEN bold the words. Thanks. (And don’t forget to tweet this and share it with your friends.)

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Resources you should check out:
Thesis: Best Damn Theme on the Web
Collective Ink Well: Personalize Your Thesis Theme
Third Tribe Marketing: Marketing done the right way
Story Structure Demystified: Best damn writing book out there


Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #146

BET YOU CAN’T do this writing prompt. Take the 10 random words below and, in the comments, crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story tying all of them together! And remember: after (if) you finish, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.)

  1. Claw
  2. Square
  3. Enough
  4. Change
  5. Random
  6. Eat
  7. Tip
  8. Ask
  9. Upset
  10. Noise

NOTE: Don’t copy and paste from MS Word. Use a program like notepad that removes formatting or just type in the comment field itself. Also, finish your submission, THEN bold the words. Thanks. (And don’t forget to tweet this and share it with your friends.)

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Resources you should check out:
Thesis: Best Damn Theme on the Web
Collective Ink Well: Personalize Your Thesis Theme
Third Tribe Marketing: Marketing done the right way
Story Structure Demystified: Best damn writing book out there


Larry Brooks Is Deconstructing The Help

Hey all. Just seeing if any of you wanted to do a story deconstruction of the book The Help with Larry Brooks of storyfix.com. I’ve done these deconstructions in the past and I feel they are great exercises for improving our writing.

If you’re interested, head over to Storyfix.com and read the details. It’s fun.


Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #145

BET YOU CAN’T do this writing prompt. Take the 10 random words below and, in the comments, crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story tying all of them together! And remember: after (if) you finish, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.)

  1. Kill
  2. Search
  3. Show
  4. Motivate
  5. Thrust
  6. Blow
  7. Mutter
  8. Fight
  9. Shake
  10. Refuse

NOTE: Don’t copy and paste from MS Word. Use a program like notepad that removes formatting or just type in the comment field itself. Also, finish your submission, THEN bold the words. Thanks. (And don’t forget to tweet this and share it with your friends.)

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Resources you should check out:
Thesis: Best Damn Theme on the Web
Collective Ink Well: Personalize Your Thesis Theme
Third Tribe Marketing: Marketing done the right way
Story Structure Demystified: Best damn writing book out there


Showing vs. Telling #1

I found a fantastic resource for explaining the difference between showing va. telling. This resource should help all of us with our storytelling.

Let me know what you think. I’m blown away by this show vs. tell tutorial.


What’s Your CCC Process?

Let’s let other people see how we manage to use all 10 words and create our submissions.

By letting other people see our individual processes and thoughts as we create a submission, we may just help someone become more creative.  You can use any of your past submissions as examples. Our analytics show we have many more readers than submitters. Hopefully, this exercise will get them off the fence and let us enjoy their writing.

Have at it in the comments.

Ex. CCC#144: I saw the word shocked and I said, “Bobby has to be shocked that he’s not getting the million dollars.” Then I saw the word spot and said, “Ah ha! Spot is a dog name. I wrote in the past that Bobby had a dog that died. Let’s make the bones I wrote about in CCC#143 some dog bones and not a dino.” And the rest is just creatively noodling the other words into this concept box.