Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: Feb. 27

Headline: Wanted: Ride to Mojave Desert for wayward tortoise

Theme: Lost

Words:
scar
sunset
apparition

As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.

Advertisements

Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts Feb. 20

Theme: Thirst

Words:
metal
sweat
hurtling
white

As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.

Get Your Write On

Just a few of the worthy writing challenges & events coming up in March-April:

National Novel EDITING Month (March) – Have a finished novel that needs polishing?  Having trouble motivating yourself to edit your finished stories? This is the site for you.  Even if you have no amibitions to get published, the editing process can teach you a lot about your own writing foibles, and about writing in general.  And it can be a lot more fun than you might think, especially if you have a supportive community to spur you on.

National Poetry Month (April) – An initiative led by The Academy of American Poets, and supported by numerous other poetry sites around the net. It was started to as a way to “highlight the legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets… and to introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry”, however it has since expanded to embrace poetry from all around the world. One popular way for poets to celebrate National Poetry Month and give themselves an added challenge, is to write one poem per day for the month of April.

Script Frenzy (April) – Write a 100-page script in 30 days!  Now includes screenplays, stage plays, teleplays, and even scripts for graphic novels and comic books.  SF rule #5: “You must, at some point, have ridiculous amounts of fun.”

Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: Feb. 13

Headline: Sometimes it rains cement

Theme: Superstition

Words:
looking glass
suffer
wonder
understand

As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.

Weekly Writing Quote

The written word
Should be clean as bone,
Clear as light,
Firm as stone.
Two words are not
As good as one.
  ~ Madeleine L’Engle

Thanks to No Excuses. Just Write. for the quote.

Saturday Scribes Feb. 6: Breaking the Rules

This week Saturday Scribes is all about breaking the rules.  You can, of course, choose to follow the theme and word prompt as usual if you prefer (located below).  But our challenge to you is to do something different this week.  Take those tried and true writing rules (plot? what plot?) and throw them out the window.  Or – if you’re normally the rebellious type – you could try *following* some of the rules you normally love to hate. 

Whatever you choose to do, let us know what you think about writing rules in general.  What rules do you regularly break?  What classic writing rules do you think should be done away with forever? Are there rules you believe should never be broken?  Feel free to link to other writing rules lists in the comments section, whether they be serious, or tongue-in-cheek (like the following by William Safire):

  • Do not put statements in the negative form.
  • And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
  • If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
    great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
  • Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
  • Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
  • De-accession euphemisms.
  • If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  • Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  • Last, but not least, avoid clichés like the plague.
    ~ William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”

Theme: revolution

Words:
now
foment
hypocrisy

As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.

Weekly Writing Quote

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.
~ Vita Sackville-West

Quote source: quotegarden.com