Welcome to another edition of Friday Writing Sprints here on the blog. It’s time to wrap up another week and, for those who are so inclined, enjoy another Christmas. Whatever you are doing today, I hope you are enjoying it.
Curling up under the blankets with a good book sounds like a nice way to spend part of the day, but before that, it’s time for some Random Word Improv to make sure our creativity stays in top form to be ready for any writing goals that might be planned for the upcoming New Year.
Plus, it’s fun, and who doesn’t want that?
Last year at this time we issued a Christmas Week Short Story Challenge on the blog. The rules were simple – write a short story of no more than 500 words including ‘Derbyshire’ and at least three of the following: Darcy, Rhinoceros, Woolly, Admire, Love, Mine, Villain, Volcano, Ghost. Extra kudos for including more than three, and kudos with sparkles for Christmas references. During the course of a week, several of the Eight Ladies posted short stories based on a these rules. If you missed them (or would like to read them again), the results included: Runaway Match, , The Christmas Wager, ‘Twas Daybreak on Christmas, and How Bunny’s Camera Became Magical.
Since we had such fun with the Challenge last year, we’re doing it again. The words for this year’s challenge are:
New York Casanova Giraffe Heartbreak
Horseback Love Poetry Celebration
Faith Velvet Firecracker Villain
Though we had a 500-word limit last year, this time around any length is fine – a few sentences, a few paragraphs, or an entire short story – the possibilities are endless.
Now I know in past weeks our Random Word Improv results have tended toward the violence, suspense, intrigue, and thrills, no matter what the random words were, but I’m hoping at least a few of our entries will lean more toward the kinder / gentler end of the spectrum.
We’ll be posting our short story efforts periodically during the course of the next week, but you don’t have to wait for us. Feel free to post your own improv efforts in the comments below.
For any of you new to Random Word Improv, here are the rest of the rules:
- Pick as many words from the list as you want
- Write the first line(s) of a story incorporating your words
- Post your results in the comments section.
Okay. Are you ready? Go!
Can’t wait to see what you have come up with. Hope you enjoy what we come up with during the week as well.
Peace and happy writing to all.