To related with my other post today (What’s in a Name?), I would like this challenge to make you think a bit more.
For your current WIP or a story you are thinking of, chose one of your characters and tell me why you named your character as such. Does their name relate to the story? A physical or personality trait? ect.
My current WIP has a sub-character that will influence the main character throughout the story. I chose to name him “Harrow”. Harrow means to “cause distress to”. He will be a father-like figure to the main character but his own views of the world they live in is of a twisted and hurtful nature. So, his guidance to the main character will cause distress.
Also, I was busy last Friday and away from computers and internet access, so there was no Weekend Challenge #19.
This weekend, I’m giving you a word prompt.
The word: storm
I want you to tell me what storm means to you, or use it as a description (e.i. stormy eyes, or storm clouds approached), or in a poem, or even just a sentence from your WIP. The word itself can be storm, rain, thunder, etc.
With the recent hurricane in Texas and the flooding as it makes its way up the country, I know the devastation is in the forefront of our minds. As writers, it’s easier to get our thoughts and feelings recorded on paper.
L. R. Mauck
Picture writing prompt: goblet
Use this goblet as an idea for a plot key in a story.
- Fantasy – this is the goblet that anything poured within it whether wine or water, will allow the drinker a window into their future
- Romance – this goblet was at an antique store that a woman really wanted it for her museum but the male owner couldn’t part with it because it had been in his family for centuries.
- Historical – this is the goblet that one of King Author’s knights left behind at the round table.
- Murder/Mystery – this is the goblet that held the poison that killed the unsuspecting victim.
Have fun with it and get creative.
L. R. Mauck
This is not so much a challenge, but an exercise to push your knowledge for your characters and see the web writers weave.
Topic: Pick your favorite book and select a minor sub character to interview.
Example: Percy Weasley from the Harry Potter series, Lydia Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, or even chose a good characters who end up evil like Saruman in Lord of the Rings.
- Book title
- Character name
- Relationship to main character
- Profession (if any)
- How does character relate to the plot?
- How does character’s path cross main character’s?
- Personality growth or change
- What is their ending? Good/Bad?
- Love interest?
- Personal conflict?
I’ve found that many memorial books also have complex sub characters. Use this information / exercise to think more deeply about your own story.
L. R. Mauck
This week I’m giving you a sentence prompt. You can turn this into an opening sentence, a poem, or a theme of a story. I want you, the writer, to expand and test your creativity.
The sentence: “If I’m being honest…”
And yes, this is from the song “Honest” by the Chainsmokers
This weekend challenge is going to be tough in my opinion. I want you to describe what pain is. I do not want synonyms used: ache, hurt, anguish, twinge, pang, etc. If you need to describe a scene – go for it. I want to know how you can divulged pain to the reader without telling or using the word. How can you make the reader connect and feel that pain?
Sorry, I couldn’t come up with a better challenge. I had not realized just how much of a writing muse Linkin Park was to me until yesterday.
This is a continuation of my layering exercises.
This weeks challenge: Add dialogue.
Have a radio randomly pop on with a dj introducing a song. Or the character to call out to someone in another room. A phone rings, and the character answers.
For bonus points: post it to your blog.