Nothing, except Summer, Short & Sweet is a fun writing challenge hosted by talented author, Susanna Leonard Hill.
Susanna said, “The object of Summer Short & Sweets is to keep our writing oars in even as we are caught up in the happy, busy, outdoor fun of summer. We do not want our writing brains to go on luxury vacation because they are SO hard to jump-start when school starts. The Short & Sweets will be little fun exercises we can do together and share to keep those writing sparks flying and to make sure we write a little even while we’re playing whiffle ball, backyard volleyball, and frisbee golf, making sure our toddlers don’t fall in the pool or get swept away by ocean waves or buried by their older siblings in the sandbox…”
For the next 8 weeks, beginning Friday, July 6th (I’m a day late) through Friday, August 24th, writers’ are challenged to submit an entry based on a prompt provided by Susanna.
This week’s prompt is to image a beach, the town pool, or the local ice cream shop, and then list the first five nouns, adjectives and verbs that pop into your brain. Then write a sentence to start a story!
Here’s my list and entry:
Nouns: waves, seagull, rock, camera, bomb
Adjectives: glistening, licked, gooey, floppy, webbed
Verbs: splashed, squawked, clicked, flapped, skimmed
Waves splashed the glistening rock, licking Stevie seagull’s webbed feet. He swiveled his neck. Hey lady, one step closer—
A camera shutter clicked.
He squawked, flapped his wings, and skimmed the lady’s head.
A gooey bomb plopped on her floppy hat.
Yes, I know. I didn’t play by the rules. But hey, I only missed the mark by six sentences.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, I challenge you to visit Susanna’s Blog and join in the fun. You’ll be amazed how easy this is. Did I mention prizes will be awarded? And who doesn’t like to win!
On another note—have you scratched your head and wondered if I’ve deserted my post?
No way. I’ve been busy working on an exciting project.
“Well…what’s the project?” you might ask.
I can’t tell you just yet. I’d spoil the surprise. Don’t worry, I’ll share my news once the Summer Short & Sweets challenge ends.
What are your short and sweet summer plans? I’d love to hear from you.
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