I hate to give away what I’m going to do but, next Saturday, I’ll be putting up one of your writer’s challenges. It also happens to be the last one I have so I need a refill this week.
Yep, I want you to write a challenge for our writers. In many of my other posts, I said that my purpose with SatWE is to force writers out of their comfort zone and get them to write something they’ve never done before or never felt comfortable trying. I’ve also said that I occasionally get a bit weird and asked if you had weird in you.
Think of all the challenges I’ve posted and remember when you said something about why I didn’t do or ask for a certain thing. Now’s your chance to shine and unscrew something I’ve screwed up.
Look at any of my other Saturday columns -- I have an introduction of some kind and then three headings that you will have to complete.
This Week’s Challenge. Here’s where you issue the actual challenge.
Ideas. If you want to offer some suggestions, put them here.
Watch Out For. If there’s anything writers should avoid, put them here.
Don’t worry about the “Recap” or “Rules” sections as I’ll write them.
This Week’s Challenge:
Use prose or poetry to write a SatWE challenge. Put in some kind of an introduction and then include the following three headings with your own ideas: “This Week’s Challenge,” “Ideas,” and “Watch Out For.”
Here are some from past posts as well as one new idea.
Think of some writing genre with which you’re not comfortable and challenge the rest of us to write something about it. (Knowing that you’re going to have to submit something in response to your own challenge!)
Select one genre (such as science fiction) and challenge our writers to write specifically about a sub-genre (such as warp-drive engines, time travel, or robots).
List several different genres of writing and challenge our writers to combine two or three of them in some way.
Write the beginning of a story/article and challenge our writers to finish it in any way they want. Alternatively, ask them to finish it in a particular genre. For example, you start a western story and ask them to finish it as a fairy tale.
An alternative to that last one is to write the beginning of a story/article and challenge our writers to write two or even three different endings.
Watch Out For:
Make sure you have the title followed by (Saturday Writing Essential), an introduction, and then the three headings: “This Week’s Challenge,” “Ideas,” and “Watch out For.” Make sure you post it to Gather Writing Essential and, particularly important, include the regular tag: SatWE
I don’t normally give prompts such as words or phrases to be used, but this is your challenge, so do what you want.
Remember that it’s your challenge and, when it’s posted, you’re going to have to write something in response to it. You have no idea how many times I’ve posted a challenge and stressed out all week trying to figure out what I’d write in response to it.
To reinforce what I said above I’ll restate the fact that I will format your submission to match my style, but I will not edit the writing of your challenge. Make sure that it’s your best work!
Many of you said that you had that silly “life” thing interfere and couldn’t get around to writing to this challenge. Hmm, yep, “life” sucks and I didn’t even finish my own response to this challenge. I immediately started a story dealing with the Fairy Council and never finished it. That gives me a chance to remind you that you can respond to any of my challenges whenever you want.
Even though I failed miserably, there were a number of writers who came through for us this week and it would be really neat if you’d read each of these submissions.
A Tribute By Silent Monks : SaTwE (Tribute) by William Dotani
Happy St. Patrick's Day (Saturday Writing Essential) - Labrador by Pam Brittain
History of St. Paddy's Day SatWE by Kathryn Esplin
Romancing the stone and other Irish myths by karen vaughan
Shaun, the Tiniest Leprechaun For Saturday Writing Essential by Granny Janny
Slither - for Saturday Writing Essentials by Sheila Deeth
Weekly reminder: Don't forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida's article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.
- Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.
Challenge: Use prose or poetry to write a SatWE challenge. Put in some kind of an introduction and then include the following three headings with your own ideas: “This Week’s Challenge,” “Ideas,” and “Watch Out For.”
- There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
- Post to Gather Writing Essential.
- Tag your submission with SatWE.
- Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
- I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.