I'm going to really strive to be putting these out as often as I can. I encourage those of you who are interested in writing as a hobby, or as a a potential career, to do the same. Either use the challenges I post here, or get some exercises from another source. Writing is one of the few art forms where the practitioners don't want to consider anything they compose as anything other than a step toward finished copy. We despise the thought of writing something with the intent of never using it for anything other than developing our craft. I heard many students grumbling about waisting their time with something they couldn't send out as soon as they'd gotten a grade on it. Okay, I might have been one of those students once upon a time. The point is, just like the musician practicing scales, or the actor practicing lines and going through rehearsals, or the painter sketching over and over again before heading to the canvas, we writers need to do the same.
So, here is today's writing challenge:
"Have a character write a letter to someone apologizing for a past betrayal on the behalf of a second character who does not know that the first character is writing the letter. Then write a scene in which the second character finds out about the letter."
This time, I've actually written a written a challenge, and I'm posting it as a response to this post. If you are a writer, I challenge you to do so as well. Remember: it's not a full story. It's a scene of a page or two, just for practice. Have fun with it.
"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."