I don’t know how you do it, but everyone somehow figures out what I’m going to put in my challenge before you even get down to it. I wonder if that might have something to do with extrasensory perception?
Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary says this:
: perception (as in telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition) that involves awareness of information about events external to the self not gained through the senses and not deducible from previous experience — called also ESP
We’ve done challenges dealing with ghosts, science fiction, and fantasy. Any of those might include ESP as a component, but I’ve never specifically challenged you to write about that. Well...
This Week’s Challenge:
Using prose or poetry, write something (fiction, nonfiction, or essay) about extrasensory perception.
Have you ever played with a Ouija board? Tell us about it, particularly if it worked.
Have you ever known what someone else was going to say or do before they did it? How? Did you read their movements or did you somehow “sense” what was going to happen?
Make up a story about a wife who senses that her husband isn’t quite what she thought. Cheating? Alien? Vampire? I don’t know; it’s your story.
Texting is big nowadays so write a story about a young girl texting someone and finds out that it’s someone from the fourteenth century.
If you’re feeling energetic, research the topic and write something explaining what ESP is and how experts think it works.
Watch Out For:
Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, make sure you have something in there that fits into the definition I gave above.
I have frequently said in my columns that it doesn’t matter what you write, somewhere there is a market for it. And last week’s column is a perfect example of that. Even knowing that we have fantastic poets, I wasn’t sure how they’d handle last week’s challenge. Poets and proseteers both surpassed all my expectations.
Black Magic - Saturday Writing Essentials by Priscilla P.
In a comment, Richard Lynn Livesay took up the challenge to use poetry and did a magnificent job.
swe let them eat cake feb 16/13 by karen Vaughan
I’ll ask you to read each of the submissions and be aware that I’ll be making each of them (except Angela’s). I feel an extra fifty pounds coming on.
Submission to a Previous Challenge:
Bio,to be writen if Mystery can be solved... Sat G.W.E. two you have not done by Jules who is loving life again
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: Using prose or poetry, write something (fiction, nonfiction, or essay) about extrasensory perception.
- 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.