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26 June 2007 @ 10:46 am
Weekly 1,000 - Assignment for week of 6/25  
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.