Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

Happy Friday; hope your week has been a good one.  It’s been cold and periodically damp here in my part of the state, but down south the areas that were battered by flames a short time ago are now dealing with flooding and deadly mudslides – a definite reminder not to underestimate the power of Mother Nature.

Hopefully you are safe, comfortable, and dry, wherever you may be.

As we said in last week’s post, we are inviting those working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication) to share a bit with us on Fridays – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with.

For those without a story in progress, or those who just want to work on something new, we’ve also got our weekly writing prompt, loosely based this week on an old exercise I found when reading through my writing folder looking for inspiration.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – Live from the Diner

bettes_jukeboxVacation season is in full swing, which includes visiting friends and family; seeing new places; and, most likely, doing a fair amount of eating out.  For me, it has meant eating some things I was hard pressed to recognize and indulging in my current favorite dessert – lemon drizzle cake.

To wipe some of those hard to recognize meals out of my mind, I think a little Random Word Improv is in order.

Care to join me?
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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints, now with Random Words!

stopwatch graphicAnother week is coming to a close. Time to wrap things up with some Writing Sprints.

Everyone knows you need to warm up before sprinting, so let’s stretch our creativity with a few minutes of Random Word Improv.

Every Friday, my local country music station has a segment called “Fake Song Friday” during which visiting musicians are given several random words and a few minutes to come up with an impromptu song. The results are often amusing and always entertaining.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints, now with Titles!

stopwatch graphicFriday again, and not a moment too soon. I think we should celebrate. I recommend Writing Sprints. Or cake. Both good choices.

Everyone knows you need to warm up before sprinting, so let’s wake up our creativity with a few minutes of Title Improv.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints, now With Character Improv!

stopwatch graphicIf this is Friday, it must be Belgium.

Wait, that’s not right.

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.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

stopwatch graphicWhat better way to celebrate the end of summer / back to school season than with some Writing Sprints?

If you have a weekend of writing planned (as I do), it is a great way get back into your story. It’s also a nice 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.

  1. Set a time period (i.e., 15 minutes)
  2. Write
  3. When you’re done, note your progress  (i.e., “15 minutes and 394 words”)

At :15 past the hour (which ever hour you choose), pull out that pen/paper, computer, or whatever your writing implements of choice are, and Write.

Feel free to repeat as many times as you want. If you are on a roll, no need to stop just because your time is up.

When you’re done, post a comment below letting us know how you did.

If you feel so inclined, include your favorite sentence from your writing sprint in your comment.

I’ll be “sprinting” during my lunch break.  I hope to beat last week’s 215 words.

Happy writing to all.

Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Writer_FlowchartWe spend a lot of time talking about the craft of writing here on the Eight Ladies blog.  It helps reinforce and/or expand our writing skills and provides motivation and new perspectives.  Plus, it’s nice to be part of a community of other people with similar interests and goals.

All that is great, but being a writer also involves doing some actual writing.   To that end, it’s time for Friday Writing Sprints. Continue reading