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It this is Friday, it must be time for some Writing Sprints.
That’s more like it.
In honor of Jilly, who mentioned in her post on Sunday that she thought “tackling some short, sharp, different challenges would help my Girls to stay fresh”, as well as our discussions earlier this week on character, I thought it might be fun to add a little Character Improv to our writing sprints.
The process is pretty simple.
We’ll start with a random story idea, courtesy of the Storywonk Story Generator
He’s an aging Human Resources manager with a motorcycle; she’s a sexy fashion designer with a beautiful guitar. Together, they must fight vampires and walk away from an explosion without looking back.
- Choose which character you want to describe/define
- Write (100 characters or 15 minutes, whichever comes first)
- When you’re done, post your results in the comments section below
- Repeat as many times as you’d like.
Not in the mood for Character Improv? No problem. How about a 15-minute writing sprint?
If you have some upcoming writing time planned (as I do), sprinting it is a great way wake up your creativity. It’s also a fun way to get some writing done in the “company” of other writers, even if we are scattered around the globe.
As a reminder, the goal is to flex your writing skills and to jump start your creativity. It’s all about getting words on the page, not getting the perfect words on the page, so pull out that pen/paper, computer, or whatever your writing implements of choice are, and Write.
- Set a time period (i.e., 15 minutes)
- When you’re done, note your progress in the comments (i.e., “15 minutes and 394 words”)
- Rinse and repeat
If you feel so inclined, include your character details or a favorite sentence from your writing sprint in your comment.
I’ll be sprinting when I get home from work. I hope to see some great word counts and characters in the comments to motivate my own efforts.
Happy writing to all.