Recently, I've suddenly found myself mentoring a few other writers who seem to trust that I have some inkling that I know what I'm talking about. I'm flattered and humbled that they've placed this trust in me. I was chatting with one of my padawans this morning on face book and remembered my collection of writing prompts and exorcises. I have a massive coffee mug a friend brought me from Disneyland. It's Grumpy of Snow White fame. In it are a bajillion scraps of paper that have what I like to call writing challenges, little prompts for no other purpose than practicing writing for the sake of practicing writing. I got the prompts from two classes in school: Characterization and Craft of fiction. I pulled one out and fired it off to her via IM.
Hours later, I've decided to post these challenges here on Words, Words.... Words. I'll be posting what little things I come up with, I'm hoping other people will as well. The work that comes from these pieces is not supposed to be full stories, just quick scenes no more than a page or two just to practice various elements of the craft of fiction.
Todays challenge is:
Take two characters and have them confront each other without the use of dialog or violence.
"In these pages many mysteries are hinted at.
What if you come to understand one of them?"
"Words let water from an unseen, infinite ocean
Come into this place as energy for the dying and even the dead."
"Bored onlookers, but with such Light in our eyes!
As we read this book, the jewel-lights intensify."