Friday, June 7, 2013

Literary Ninjas | Weekly Writing Prompts: June 2013

For each month, I will designate some sort of theme for the Weekly Writing Prompts* to  allow writers to focus on practicing one genre, literary device, etc. and gain some mastery over it before moving to something else. Weekly Writing Prompts must be 1,000-2,000 words.

*Discontinued until further notice.

June 2013--Point of View and Setting

  • Week 1 (May 27-June 2): --
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  • Week 2 (June 3-9): first-person POV.
    • From your own point of view, narrate a scene in which you see a person come into a room he or she has never been in before. Pay close attention to the setting and make sure you describe in such a way that all aspects of the scene are clear to the reader. Gradually reveal the fact that the person you are seeing is yourself.
  • Week 3 (June 10-16): second-person POV.
    • From the reader's point of view, narrate a scene that begins with the opening of the door. The view it opens onto is up to you as the writer, but it must be something a) familiar/not-unknown to the character and yet something that is also b) utterly bizarre and mind-boggling to the character.
  • Week 4 (June 17-23): third-person POV.
    • In third-person POV, narrate a scene with several characters, drawing a comparison between the events and a game of chess. The story can be fantasy, but the setting cannot be an actual chessboard.
  • Week 5 (June 24-30): alternating POV.
    • Using alternating points of view, write at least 5 separate scenes of the goings-on in the story, utilizing the changing POV to build up suspense. The catch--nobody can die or be mortally wounded in the piece.
Look familiar? You may recognize these prompts from the late blog, Literary Ninjas, and DeviantART literature group, Writing-For-Fun. With my choice to close both, I still wanted to make the prompts available to those interested, and thus they will be posted here on Sleepy Hollow Street.

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