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Wacky Wednesday

Writing gives us the freedom to explore words and their meanings, but also to use words in an unconventional way.

Today, I’d like you to use descriptive words in a WaCkY way. Here are some examples:

  • Her breath was like lightning. (Could mean it was hot or “stinky;” or it could be literal and every time she breathed streaks of lightning shot out of her mouth.)
  • Blinda put on her crispiest dress for the party. (Could mean her dress was a fresh and crisp new fashion, or that it literally was “crispy” like dried leaves that would disintegrate in the wind.)
  • Teagan felt carbonatedas he visualized the outcome of today’s big race. (Could mean he was pumped and energized, or that he literally had bubbles percolating under the skin which would help his speed.)
  • Your turn: select a descriptive word and use it in a sentence in a wacky way…see where it leads you. TIP:  look on food or beverage labels for unique words that can be used in wacky ways!

July 14, 2009 at 10:19 am

Wacky Wednesday

Since we’re discussing characters this week, let’s write wacky characteristics and discuss how you can “show” not “tell” through writing.

Example #1:  Minor Character has a nervous twitch when he walks.

Don’t say:

Billy has this weird twitch when he walks. 

Instead, say:

Billy lagged behind the others. He was careful to pretend he had stumbled if anyone noticed that his left leg swung out at an awkward angle when he walked.

Example #2:  Main character has a unique fashion sense.

Don’t say:

Melody liked to dress in mismatching clothes to get attention.

Instead, try:

All eyes turned when Melody entered the cafeteria in her purple leopard printed leggings, orange turtleneck and red gingham jacket.

Your turn! Write a before and after of a character describing a wacky characteristic or trait.  And don’t be selfish with your creations – share them here!

July 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm

5 Prompt Friday

Here are some more writing prompts from young writer, David C. of Downers Grove, IL:

  1. How do the tissues feel when your snot covers them? (Write from the point of view, POV, of the tissues.)
  2. Would you rather be able to only smile forever, or frown?  Why?
  3. Write about the life of a bug: honey bee, ant, beetle, etc.
  4. What would life upside down be like?
  5. Write the best “LOL” tag ever – like this: LOLROFLATUONGWGMAY would mean: “laugh out loud rolling on floor laughing and throwing up on new girlfriend who gets mad at you”

Whew! Can you beat these outrageous writing prompts?  Share yours here!

June 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Wacky Wednesday!

This week, I had help with my Wacky Wednesday prompts.

Ten-year-old, David C. from Downers Grove, IL  gave these suggestions:

  1. Write about a character who is trying to complete his autograph book by getting signatures from a giant fake dinosaur, a clown driving a convertible filled with balloons and an Oscar Meyer Wiener Mobile.  Write his adventure!
  2. You order a big item from one of those scam ads and instead of a cool prize, you receive a deranged chimpanzee who you now have to care for.
  3. Something is moving under your pillow…turns out your pillow is alive!
  4. Your fan gains the strength of a tornado!  What happens?
  5. If your underwear could talk to you what would they say?

Thank you, David!

Calling for more writing ideas!  Think you have what it takes to get your name in lights? (well, at least up on this blog?) Then email your silly, serious or outrageous writing prompts to: mjcwriter”at”comcast”dot”net.  But, hurry!  Next Wednesday comes quickly…

June 24, 2009 at 12:02 am

Wacky Wednesday!

Weird, Wild and Wacky Writing ideas…

Use one of these silly pictures as a story starter:

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June 17, 2009 at 12:03 am

Wacky Wednesday

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Write a story about living inside of an apple:

What would your walls look like?

What would it smell like?

Would giant worms invade your “home?”

Would you be very tiny or just live in an enormous fruit?

Share  a part of your story here in the comments! ; )

June 10, 2009 at 12:22 am 2 comments

Sounds like…

…a writing challenge! (read through and see the rules at the bottom)

Have you ever tried to “write” a sound?

Ya know, like BOOM!      KA-POW!

What about drip -drip-drip      jingle-ling

“Hear” are some sound-words to write with. Think: Where would this sound come from? Why does this sound blast through my story in this scene? Then use one of these or create your own, write a short story scene and post it in the comments to WIN!

  • clickety-clack
  • pitter patter
  • swoosh!
  • kerplunk
  • brring
  • trill
  • crash
  • swomp
  • ping
  • ahem!
  • psst
  • bump
  • tap

Add some of your own to the list above, share with us!  And, put these sounds into a scene. The best scene with the most sounds (that make sense) will WIN a list of my most popular prompts – leave your scene in the comments, below. DEADLINE: SUNDAY June 7

Good luck! *wink*

June 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm

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