A New Writing Challenge
Following on from my last post, I had a further look around Chris White Writes and came across the Unfettered project – an anthology, currently open for submissions, wherein all stories are prompted by one of the ten images displayed on the anthology’s website. Most those ten images caught my eye on some level, but one in particular keeps coming back to me:
Any idea what’s going here? I sure don’t, and I’d like to find out – hence why I’ll be using this image to write around. I particularly like the way that the top left flowers almost seem to make a face, and…hmm…maybe I could…
Now, I’m REALLY late to the party here – submissions opened months back and the deadline is just over two weeks away – so the chances of this working out are pretty slim. Still, the max word limit is pretty short (2.5k) and so it’s by no means hopeless. So long as I schedule properly, I reckon I still have a chance at this.
With that in mind, here’s the timeline I’ve come up with:
Now until Sunday – Work out the story’s basic details; work out the background, the conflict and the resolution before delving into the subtler aspects. If I get too stuck on this for too long, then try a different image.
30th of March to 6th of April – Blitz out the first draft. 2.5k in a week shouldn’t be that hard, so long as the planning went okay. If a session is going badly, switch to the novel or stop altogether; there’s always the day after.
7th of April -14th of April – redraft and edit. If time permits, ask a trusted reader for advice and feedback.
Before midnight of the 14h – Submit the story!
Sounds simple enough, right?
Like I said above: this is probably not going to work out. Even so, I’m going to give this the best shot I can. It’ll be good practise, if nothing else, and that is all practise that will go towards improving my novel – a fine use of my time if I ever saw one.
Started any interesting projects of your own, recently? Ever tried writing from prompts before? Like this image or any of the others? Feel free to share down below