Today I am hosting the Words for Wednesday Challenge for the last time, and I'm going to reveal my method of choosing the prompts this month!
Yesterday, I posted a new section of my "Mindy Story" using my word prompts from the previous two weeks. I hope everyone has enjoyed using the words I have selected! Strangely enough, some of the prompts fit better into my own stories using a different connotation than the one I had originally been thinking of when I selected them! It's amazing how versatile the English language can sometimes be!
Words for Wednesday was a meme originally created by Delores of Under the Porch Light. She used this weekly writing prompt to encouraged others to write something creative. When she could no longer continue to host it, Elephant’s Child took over for a while, and then organized volunteers to share the responsibility. Drifting through Life hosted in July, Randomosity in August. During September the challenge has been posted here, and October's prompts will be created by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue, but published on the blog Elephant's Child.
How to Participate in Words for Wednesday:The writing prompt is usually in the form of six (or twelve) words, or a phrase, but may also be a photo, an idea, or anything that might inspire a piece of flash fiction.
There are no deadlines or rules or prizes. Everyone is invited to participate, as often or as little as you choose. Feel free to write a single sentence or an entire story from the prompt.
Publish your work in the comments below, or on your own blog with a link back to this blog post. If you publish your work on your own blog be sure to also leave a comment here. That way everyone can find, read, and comment on your post.
Note: As with any comments on this blog, anything considered inappropriate, derogatory, offensive or spam will not be published.
Here is the prompt for this week:
album, lunar, sparkle, furry, sconce, inquire
builder, contract, attend, ultimately, land line, fall
My methods, revealed!
I used to always wonder how Delores (and the others who have hosted this challenge) chose the words for the prompt. Suddenly it was my turn to host, and I
had to figure it out!
had to figure it out!
Part of the fun of writing from a prompt for me is seeing what direction the words will take a plot. I wanted to continue to participate in writing even during the month I was hosting Words for Wednesday, so I wanted to be sure I was not choosing words based on the story I have been writing. I really tried to clear my mind and not think about my story during the selection.
I used a random selection process to pick the words - no rocket science involved at all! Each week I spent just a couple of minutes looking around my house, or a newspaper or magazine for the first 12 words, subjects or sounds that caught my attention. I didn't really pay attention to how these words worked together, but I did try to ensure that in addition to nouns, there were at least a couple adjectives and verbs.
An easy-peasy process! Perhaps you might now even want to volunteer to host Words for Wednesday in a future month!
I hope you participate in this challenge, and don't forget to visit the website, Elephant's Child next month to continue to play along!
What is your opinion?
Was I successful in selecting inspiring word prompts?
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