With Gather still not playing well with us, I’m not ready to go back to any set schedule for the SatWE challenges. So I’ve enlisted Patrick M. to write a challenge for this week. In his post (SatWE) The Most Amazing Gather Challenge You Will Ever Read he came up with an idea that is long overdue to be explored.
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LOOK NO FURTHER! We have your soulmate here!
My darling beloved is currently looking at real estate ads. Fair enough. We have one child nearly ready for school and another nearly ready to be born.
Panoramic views to die for, from glorious sunrise to golden sunset!
I know we need a bigger house, near better schools, so she is looking at real estate ads and showing me the ones she likes. I know why she is doing this; I’m just not yet ready to embrace it.
Sit out on the deck at the end of the day, and let the serenity soak into you!
I remember when we bought our current house six years ago. What I dreaded most then, and still do now, is that particular looking-glass world inhabited by people selling their houses and the agents employed to sell them; a world where even the most dilapidated wreck could be talked into a palace.
“AN EDEN IN GLEN EDEN‼!” shouted the ad for a decrepit, mouldy old shack next to the railway lines.
“YOUR OWN VIEW FROM ON TOP OF THE WORLD!‼” was a run-down three-bedder that looked over a car park.
“AN ABSOLUTE STUNNER‼!” clearly referred only to the stunning price being asked for the dump.
Wikipedia defines hyperbole as “the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, but is not meant to be taken literally.” While those real estate agents might disagree on that last bit, the use of exaggeration and hyperbole does, I think, make for a pretty excellent, amazing, quintessential, fantastic, meritorious, pulchritudinous Gather challenge.
This Week’s Challenge:
Write large. Wave your arms in the air and shout your words onto the page. In this challenge there is no such thing as OTT [Over The Top]. Pen some prose of the purplest hue. Use lots of ten-dollar words. Blow your own horn, or somebody else’s. Pretend you are Paula Abdul judging an American Idol final, or Fox news covering the Whitehouse.
You are a critic for the New York Times. Write a column recommending – or damning – a restaurant, a play or a movie.
Write a eulogy. Would you praise the deceased or denounce them?
Write a classified ad for something, anything. And if you don’t think this is a good exercise for hyperbole, then check this out.
Politics is a natural arena for hyperbole. You could be a speechwriter for somebody’s campaign, or a political commentator reporting on same.
Watch Out For:
The only rule I would like to make is: don’t take it seriously. Especially if you write about politics.
Oh, and for Len’s benefit, don’t mention Gather. [Thank you, Patrick.]
Great responses this week. I normally list the current posts and list responses to previous challenges separately, but I’m not quite ready to do that yet.
(SatWE) Conversations with my Daughter - Fart Jokes by Patrick M.
(SatWE) The Drive Home by Patrick M.
Cloud Gazing - Saturday Writing Essential by Irina Dimitric
I Don't Understand Hiccups. (Saturday Writing Essential by Len Maxwell
Saturday Writing Essential (Poem/Prose): The Garden by A. F. Stewart
SATWE challenge, Prose to Poem/ Why I take the Bus. by Sharon P.
Satwe--Silent Whistle--08/03/2013 by sarah leanne
SWE- Saturday Writing Essentials Challenge 8/3/2013 "Tea Time " by Heather - child of God, C.
The Weight Of An Ocean - Saturday, August 3 Writing Essential by Barbary Chaapel
The Yellow Hat ..................SATWE............. by Janice F.
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: Write large. Wave your arms in the air and shout your words onto the page. In this challenge there is no such thing as OTT [Over The Top]. Pen some prose of the purplest hue. Use lots of ten-dollar words. Blow your own horn, or somebody else’s. Pretend you are Paula Abdul judging an American Idol final, or Fox news covering the Whitehouse.
- 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.