Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Prompt #8

Think over the conversations you've had today. They say that the people who indulge in substantial conversations are more likely to be happy than those who stick to smalltalk. Consider an intense discussion you indulged in, or a bit of smalltalk in which, perhaps, you held back something you would have really liked to say?

While I'm afraid, in this era of txtng n email lol that the art of conversation is quickly fading, I would like you to write a bit of dialogue for your prompt, preferably based on a real conversation. Theoretically, this could take one of two forms: either you write it as a dialogue in a text, meaning lots of quotation marks and avoiding the word "said," while you are able to provide lots of context, OR you can write it as a script or screenplay, in which you must attempt to capture personality and intention solely within the spoken words, without benefit of elaborate actions...other than [exit stage left].

Consider the difference...

SK: Are you working tomorrow, Love?
RD: Yessir. At 6am. And then I'm meeting up with some friends.
SK: Am I going too?
RD: If you'd like, you are most welcome to accompany me.

As opposed to...

The Swiss Knight was rubbing Rainy Daisy's feet thoughtfully when it occurred to him that they had not, as of yet, discussed their plans for the morrow.
"Are you working tomorrow, Love?" He inquired, gazing into her emerald eyes.
"Yes, sir. At 6 am. And then I'm meeting up with some friends." She sighed peacefully, sipping her wine. A momentary look of panic ran through the Swiss Knight's eyes.
"Am I going too?" He silently cursed those who stole his belov├Ęd from him.
"If you'd like, you are most welcome to accompany me." She stroked his hair and took him by the hand, laying a soft kiss upon his fingers.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Prompt #7

Memes are the form of the future. Answer the following questions in complete sentences:

1. First thing you wash in the shower?

2. What color is your favorite sweater?

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?.

4. Do you plan outfits?

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now?

6. Whats the closest thing to you that's red?

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having?

8. Did you meet anybody new today?

9. What are you craving right now?

10. Do you floss?

11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage?

12. Are you emotional?

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000?

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?

15. Do you like your hair?

16. Do you like yourself?

17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush?

18. What are you listening to right now?

19. Are your parents strict?

20. Would you go sky diving?

21. Do you like cottage cheese?

22. Have you ever met a celebrity?

23. Do you rent movies often?

24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you're in?

25. How many countries have you visited?

26. Have you made a prank phone call?

27. Ever been on a train?

28. Brown or white eggs?

29.Do you have a cell-phone?

30. Do you use chap stick?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Prompt #6

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in flowery language when you are feeling particularly Woolfish, Shakespearean, or (heh) Austentatious. Today, try to discard the flower and fuss, and just use straight, clear language.

Your prompt is to write very specific, step-by-step instructions for something. It can be making a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, feeding the cat, or picking your nose. It can be changing the oil, cooking pheasant under glass, or recreating a Renoir. In any case, I would like you to imagine teaching it to someone who has no idea what you're talking about. Assume nothing about your reader, except a basic command of the English language. IKEA-style stick-figure directions don't count :P

For extra points, actually blindfold somebody and give them your instructions!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Prompt #5

Write about your weekend as if you were writing it in the newspaper. That means just the facts, folks, and no bias please! (At least hide it with well-placed truths and the omission of those that are a bit more inconvenient, you dig?) This also means keeping your word count down - maybe 500 words or less? We need room for the advertisers, don't we? But you still want to hook your readers - how will you make it both factual and interesting?

Assignment #2

I'd like to do some exercises that focus on the mechanics of writing. This week, I'm thinking we'll focus a bit on structure. We all know that diary entries are easier than sonnets...but we like a challenge, yes?

Your prompt for today is to pick a story in your head...any story. Something that happened to you today, a story you heard on the news or that a friend told you, or a plain old fictional bit. Choose your story, and write it first in the way with which you are most comfortable.

Take your time...

Ok, done? Now you will rewrite the story in a different format. I would ask you to do two, preferably, and if you have the time. However, I know that writing every day is a challenge, even for ten minutes or so.

Rewrite your story in at least one of the following formats:
♣ a metered poem (with a specific rhythm. Stay away from free verse for now please!)
♣ a newspaper article
♣ from the perspective of an opposing viewpoint
♣ re-write it from a different genre - weepy romance,Indiana-Jones-Action, Oscar-winning-drama, children's book
♣ write it as a graphic novel (I'm considering this re-write to be overachieving, FYI. whoa nelly!)
♣ write it as a television sitcom
♣ as a scientific journal article
♣ as a descriptive encounter
♣ something else you had in mind?

Let me know if you have any questions - I am well aware that I can be a bit vague.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Prompt #4

Answer this question: You retrieve your mail one day to find an odd letter with no return address. Inside is five dollars and a picture of a total stranger. What do you do?

I encourage you to not only answer the question, but turn it into a bit of a scene, describing your internal monologue, etc.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Quick Reminder

If you would like to be a part of the actual Inkyplink writing community, do send me your email. I will send you an invite to the wiki - which probably goes into your inbox as something from PBworks. Then you get get the ball rolling with all kinds of posting and discussion fun!

Prompt #3

My Mountain Sister* cheered me up today with a story from her work - a woman called her, interested in joining a climb up one of our many local mountains and volcanoes. She was, however, a tad worried about safety and wanted to ask some questions.

Safety Lady: Is the mountain very steep?

Mountain Sister: Well, it's about 30-45 degrees.

SL: Oh, I see. How steep is it on the way down?


We've all met people that just don't seem to be on the same wavelength, to put it rather benignly. Your writing suggestion tonight is to consider a day in the life of one such person. I suppose you could interpret this one of two ways: the sweet and empathic among you may write about how hard it is to be Safety Lady (or another) and any other intentions she really may have had; the more unruly of you may go crazy and push out some kind of satire. This is intended not so much to be a free write, as a "slice of life" write. You can be descriptive, go for a stream-of-consciousness thing, a diary entry, or go ahead and write a short story. Why not?

Oh, and I'm hoping you will post bits of these :)

*It's not a hippie thing, although she comes pretty close. She's my sister and she climbs mountains. Also she kicks butt!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Prompt #2

Another free write for you - Set your watch for 7 minutes and answer the following:

A life of crime is always a tantalizing thought in some of the darker of days, and always makes for a delicious story - Bonnie and Clyde, Fun with Dick and Jane, Robin Hood...

If you were to commit a crime, what sort of crime would you commit? Jaywalking? Diamond theft? Whistling underwater? Boondock Saints-style murder of the bad guys? What, how and why?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Assignment #1

For our first assignment, you can use some of the ideas you dug up from the first prompt.

I would like you to write an autobiography in 100 words or less.

Does it sound tricky? What are the most important aspects about you? Choosing a theme, or a "lens" through which to see your life can help.

Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions.

Prompt #1

Let's start with something simple to loosen up the brain, yes?

Let's start with a free write - this means that you will set your timer for seven minutes. When you begin, you will begin responding to the prompt and keep writing until the seven minutes are up. If you can't think of anything else to write regarding the topic, write whatever else is on your mind - the point is to keep your pen moving.

For this one, I also recommend doing an extended free write - pick a thing or idea that you wrote in your first response, and use that as your prompt for the second. This can be a memory, a theme, a person...and let your brain take you where it will, and come up with associations that you didn't know existed. You may end up in strange places ;)

Prompt: Choose one of the following:

Write about a memory that is very close to your heart, or very important to you.


Write about the first thing you ever wanted to be when you grew up - what was your very first career of choice?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Commandments of Inky Plink

♥ Thou shalt write every day
♥ Thou shalt read every day
♥ Thou shalt revise - always!
♥ Thou shalt be open to criticism
♥ Thou shalt use concise and precise language
♥ Thou shalt attempt the weekly assignment
♥ Thou shalt play with genres foreign to thee
♥ Thou shalt give constructive feedback