This is my entry for BeKindRewrite's InMon Challenge.
The cheers of the assembled thugs did nothing for Bernard. He did his job because it was what he was paid to do. His contempt for the other member of the syndicate was well known by the very men who applauded him. He supposed it was some attempt to get in good with him, but he knew the truth. They feared him.
"Congratulations, Bernard," said Evan Jones, the leader of the syndicate's southern operations. "Another enemy of the syndicate brought low by your hand, and before the deadline at that." A round of cheers erupted as a pair of midgets dressed as clowns leapt into the light of the hall. They kicked the head of Caesar Jimenez back and forth between them.
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So a couple of years ago I was reading a book about about being a better writer (I'll hunt it down and let you know what it is later) and one of the chapters was about forcing yourself to write. Now I have been pretty good since about October with writing consistantly even if my ADD keeps me from writing on only one project at a time and so I bounce around all over the place and though I am currently behind on my word count
for April I'm hoping that I can make up some of that ground in the last half of the month. Anyhow, the point of this bit of rambling is that one of the exercises in the book was to work on your story 100 words at a time. Just sit down and write 100 words. Whether it takes you five minutes or two hours, just get 100 words down on paper (or on the screen I suppose). I tried doing this for a while and felt good about doing it, but the challenge, like the rest of my writing, fell to the wayside as work and school dominated my life. I was re-reading the beginnings of the story I had already done for the challenge and I thought it might be fun to re-visit the story, if for no other reason to force myself to write on the days where I get busy and fail to produce more. So here I go again...back on the 100 word challenge wagon. I am going to post my 100 word tidbits on here, starting with the orginal posts, so in about a month and a half you'll be reading the newer parts of the exercise.
Do you do little challenges like this to motivate yourself or do you have any other little tricks you'd like to share?
- Word Counts Are Not for Everyone (makingbabygrand.com)
- Stuck? Move On. (makingbabygrand.com)
- April Writing Challenge - Blah, blah, blah... (doingthewritething.wordpress.com)
- March Writing Challenge (doingthewritething.wordpress.com)
Welcome to the first My Writer's Cramp Writing Challenge!
Since I've started this blog I've met some great people and some great writers and I thought it might be fun to do a little writing challenge to share the works of my friends, introduce all of us to some new people and give us all a little something more to read (like we don't all have more than enough right?).
The challenge will be broken into two categories: Short Fiction and Flash Fiction.
For purposes of this writing challenge Short Fiction we be defined as being between 1000 and 7500 words; Flash Fiction will be no more than 1000 words.
So what is the challenge?
The challenge will be incorporating three of nine elements listed below. The more important to the story you make the elements the better, but if you simply mention them in passing that's okay too. Its important to note that its not about using the word specifically but the concept. An example would be if the element was “sword” and you never mention the word, but your story involves a pirate who uses a saber when he boards a merchant ship, that would be a successful use of the element.
So here are the elements:
Thank you to Creativity Tools Random Word Generator by Watch Out 4 Snakes
for the random selection of elements. Continue reading