I was going to make this a reader challenge SatWE but noticed that I only have one left so I’ll save that for next week. This week, though, I need some input from you.
It’s your turn to issue the SatWE challenge. Every time you’ve said, “Why didn’t Len...” or “I could have come up with something better than that,” or “That’s a stupid challenge, how about...” you must have had some idea of how to improve the SatWE challenge.
This is your chance to prove it and be Len for a day.
I have a template I use for the SatWE column so they always look the same. Please note that there are four things you need to write: introduction, challenge, ideas, and watch out for.
The INTRODUCTION can be just a couple sentences explaining what you’re going to do to us or can be a story that illustrates that same idea.
The CHALLENGE is where you actually tell our writers what you expect from them. I’d appreciate it if you start with, “Using prose or poetry,” but it’s your column.
In the IDEAS section, you can include any thoughts you have about your own challenge so writers can have some clue about what you’re expecting.
The WATCH OUT FOR section is where you stick in anything to limit the scope of the responses. You can say, “Don’t write about your husband,” “Don’t write about your cat,” or “Don’t compare your husband with your cat.”
Finally, I DO NOT EDIT YOUR SUBMISSIONS! I will format them to match my style, but I don’t edit them. That means you need to make it your best work. I won’t correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, or anything else. Whatever you submit is what the entire world will read. Make it your best work!
This Week’s Challenge:
Using prose or poetry, write a SatWE challenge. Include four things: an introduction, the challenge, any ideas you want to give your readers, and a section regarding things to avoid.
Can’t help you -- it’s your challenge.
Watch Out For:
Once again, I WILL NOT EDIT YOUR WORK! If you misspell something, that’s how the world will see it.
Make sure you have all four parts: write an introduction, a challenge, give us some ideas, and tell us what you don’t want to see.
I had no idea how last week’s challenge would be received and was pleased with the responses. Check them out; they’re well worth the reading time.
SWE- Saturday Writing Essentials Challenge 8/17/2013 "A Review...." by Heather - child of God, C.
REviewing My Book of Life - Saturday Writing Essential, by Elsie Duggan
(SatWE) My First Book Review by Patrick M.
(Saturday Writing Essential) That Was Awful!: Book Reviews by Michael Fishman
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 a SatWE challenge. Include four things: an introduction, the challenge, any ideas you want to give your readers, and a section regarding things to avoid.
- 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.