Writing PracticeHow it works:
A Writing Game
At least once a week, I will issue a writing prompt in a spoiler tag. To play, read the directions to the prompt, then open it, read the prompt, and immediately
begin writing. You must write for no less than five minutes and no more than ten minutes, and the time frame includes spell-checking, editing, and thinking about the prompt. The idea is to write stream-of-consciousness style and let the creativity flow. Every Wednesday I will post a new prompt (unless something comes up that prevents me from doing so) for another round of the game. If I have time, I will also post prompts in between the usual Wednesdays.
This is, of course, run on 'the honor system', in that, no one but you knows if you cheat. It's more fun if you don't, I swear!
If you begin the game after several prompts have been posted, feel free to jump in wherever. At the newest prompt or at the beginning, whichever suits you.When you post your reply:
please issue it in your own spoiler tag so as not to influence the reply of your fellow players.Giving credit where credit is due:
This is not originally my idea. My favorite writing professor from my creative writing class in college held "Writing Practice" at the beginning of each and every class, with a prompt and a time limit. The rule was you must write until she called time, and time was usually five minutes or less (I've extended it a bit for my take on this). I found, after everything, that some of my favorite bits of writing occurred during "Writing Practice". I miss that, more than anything else, about my college experience. So! I thought that I would share the fun and make it a game. I will be participating as well, and I will begin with the first three prompts that were my favorite from the class (and posting my original reply to them) as starting examples, and then playing the game along with everyone else once those have passed.
So... here's hoping I won't be playing by myself! it's fun though, so if it's only me I guess it's only me. I'll have fun anyway
It had burned down to the filter
Here is the code I used for my response, with the response left out, of course. Feel free to use it if you like. Just remember to change out the prompt number and the name.
It had burned down to the filter, yet still smouldered as it rolled like a tumbleweed across the parking lot. It bounced and rolled in the night, it appeared to be the only light, the orange flow illuminating nothing as it wrote strange figures in the pitch blackness of the world. It rolled forever, or so it seemed, then stopped, its glow all but extinguished at the edge of the lot that had been its playground. "Time to grow up, time to die" the night whispered. But the light refused to go, and instead burst into glorious new life, bringing the shrubbery to dance in the copper light, climbing ever higher in the night, calling to others to join the game. The night was flowing and surging like a tide, a molten sea of flame.
In the spirit of fairness, this is the completely unedited, first draft version of what I originally wrote years ago for this prompt, copied directly from my notebook.
[spoiler=Prompt #1: Lexandria's Reply] Your Response Here [/spoiler]