A good number of years ago, I challenged myself to write a scene every day for a month. I think I chose November because I wanted to do this challenge instead of NaNoWriMo for that year. This was also on another blog which is now defunct and long gone. I’m not even sure there’s an archive of the blog anywhere…. I kind of wish there was, but oh well.

This particular challenge is based on a daily writing exercise my high school English teacher had us do in our junior year. I loved the writing exercises, and it really helped me work through some serious emotional things going on in my life at the time.

The challenge goes like this:

  1. Pick a random word from the dictionary (I have a Perl script snagging 5 random words from the dictionary for me, and I’m picking one of those.)
  2. Free associate words (or very short phrases) based on that word for three minutes.
  3. Pick one of those words (or phrases) or the original word and write something creative based on this for five minutes.
  4. The whole exercise, including transition and thinking time should take no more than ten minutes.

I’ll be posting my five “seed words” and bolding the one I choose. Then I’ll free associate here in the blog post. Then I’ll bold the one of those words/phrases I choose. Then there will be a scene, character, setting, something that I write based on the chose word. It’s going to be rough draft and free-form, but it’s also lots of fun.

I’ll do my best to land one post like this per day for the month of February. We’ll see how it goes!

PS: If you want to join me in this fun experience, please do so! Drop me a link to your blog, and I’ll compile a list of participants and publish the list with links!