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07 July 2007 @ 12:27 pm
As promised, I've tinkered with the community settings, so all members have posting access now. So instead of having to deal with the character-limits imposed on comment boxes, you should now be able to submit your work as individual posts. And make them Friends Only, so we can keep it within the community.

My own will follow directly. Hope you enjoyed the assignment!
02 July 2007 @ 07:10 pm
So although I'm posting this on the intended Monday, I'm going to give everyone the courtesy of an extra day, so consider Saturday the due date once again. And here's the assignment for the week:

Write 1,000 words from the point-of-view of an inanimate object

Is it a tree? A baseball cap? A cardboard box? As long as it's something that doesn't think for itself or move under its own power in the real world, it can be the hero of your composition.

Get to it!
26 June 2007 @ 10:46 am
Okay, so I'm a day late getting us kicked off. No one ever said writers were totally reliable when it comes to deadlines. You will not suffer for it - everyone will have until Saturday to turn in their responses.

So here it is, your 1st Weekly 1,000:

Write 1,000 words inspired by the following picture:

Now, when I say "1,000 Words", obviously there's a little wiggle room, but not much. Part of the challenge of these exercises is to keep making hard choices about wording and content until you get within range. You'd be amazed how much better a 9-word sentence can be than the 12-word sentence that preceded it, once you've really sweated over it. So I'll give you a margin of 30 words. When you post your work, you'll have your name (or pseudonym, if you prefer), any title you want to include, and then the assignment itself, which will contain no less than 970 words and no more than 1,030 words.

As to content, you have a lot of freedom here. Who is this guy? What's he working on? What does his facial expression suggest about his relationship to whomever is taking the picture?

Writing is about asking questions, then answering them in ways that create even more interesting questions. Have fun with it.

I'll post an entry visible to members-only on Saturday. Everyone can then post their work as replies to that entry.
23 June 2007 @ 09:21 am
A reminder to those of you who enrolled in this little experiment: the first Weekly 1,000 assignment will appear here on Monday. Crack your knuckles, straighten your neck, and drop that thinking cap on. It's time to go to work.
27 May 2007 @ 01:36 pm
Since, so far, all of the members of this community are on my Friends List, you all know that I'm set to depart on a massive road trip. While I think I could maintain weekly assignments even from the road, since we haven't begun yet, I don't think any of you will be missing out if I say that we can afford to wait.

Once I return in late June, though, I fully intend to put this idea into action. I hope you're all still enthusiastic about it.
13 May 2007 @ 03:55 pm
Greetings, writers! I've started this community in the hopes that a few people in LJ-land of similar temperament might want to participate in a little creative sweat and mutual encouragement.

I got my start as a writer doing film reviews for the college newspaper, and every week my 1,000-word review was due without fail. The discipline of that deadline, and the knowledge that every week I was going to have a little audience to try and entertain, helped me develop habits that have served me well ever since. Since much or what I do on LiveJournal is about writing, and many of my LJ-friends are also aspiring writers, a community like this is a natural idea.

Here's how I intend this thing to work (shamelessly pasted from the community bio):

On Mondays, I'll post an assignment related to writing prose fiction. You might be asked to narrate a given picture, expand on a pre-written sentence or two, or sketch out a character along certain guidelines. Come Friday, we each post 1,000 words on the assignment given for everyone in the community to enjoy and comment on.

So many writers don't give themselves the pleasure of a little workout. Once you get into the groove of it, you'll be surprised how easy it really is to come up with 1,000 words, and how much fun it is to flex your writing muscles in an encouraging atmosphere. Sometimes all we need is a push to get started. And maybe something you come up with here will inspire you to a more ambitious project!

About criticism - I want this to be a place that's supportive, but also constructive and honest. A writer needs thick skin, and they also need to learn how to give and receive feedback well. To participate in this community means more than writing, it means taking the time to read others' work and give a little back to them.

The intent is to keep this community at a manageable size, so there may be times when I'm not accepting new members. On the flip side - if you are a member and want to take some time off, be sure to let me know so we can give some new voices a chance to contribute.

If this sounds like fun, contact me. If I don't know you already, tell me a little bit about yourself and share a writing sample.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope this experiment turns out to be fun!