Sunday, May 26, 2013

Bringing Back: A Story A Week

Today I finished up a draft of my new book and sent it off to a critique partner. SO EXCITED. Writing this book was like being dragged behind a semi on a gravel road. Editing it, on the other hand, was a leisurely swim in a warm pool on a sunny day. But none of that matters now because I'm FINISHED and it's out of my hands for a couple weeks.

Now that it's gone, I faced this evening with mixed emotions. My kids are in bed, my husband is working feverishly toward a deadline, and I ... have nothing to work on.

**PANIC ATTACK**

Just kidding. But I do want to use this time productively. So I have a plan.

Eons ago, I had this little segment on my blog called A Story A Week. It was a challenge to myself to write a short story every week for an entire year. And you all helped me by giving me inspiration.

You left three interesting words in my comment section and every week I used all three words from one comment in a story.

It was fun and challenging.  Not to mention, it helped my writing improve.

So, for the next few weeks until I hear back from my CP, I want to be busy flexing my writing muscles with short stories. Can you help me? Leave three interesting words in the comment section and I will write a story using them. I'll write more than one story a week this time, but I'm not going to promise any specific number. I'll write stories in the order the comments are received.

Oh, and I almost forgot! If I use your three interesting words, I'll name one of the characters in the story after you. Sound good?

Don't be shy! Leave me three interesting words in the comments so I can get to work. Thanks in advance for the help!

20 comments:

  1. Here are a couple of my favorite words:

    Hydrophosphates (picked it up from one of my favorite Laurel and Hardy shorts)

    Xanthochroid (one of my favorite fancy synonyms for blonde)

    Horsefeathers (Twenties slang for nonsense)

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    1. Oh man, you suck! ha ha ha! Just kidding. I love you! (And I actually love these words. This is going to be fun!)

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  2. Hi Amy!
    Taradiddle
    Collywobbles
    Bajan

    -beth :)

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    1. Oh wow, I can't wait to meet this character! She's going to be rad!!

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  3. Tintinnabulation
    beetle
    souffle
    I love this idea--my husband and I used to do a similar exercise, where we'd come up with a noun, an adjective and a verb and use that as a jumpstart. :)

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    1. Ooh, fun idea! And great words.

      Now off to look up tintinnabulation ... and hope I don't misspell it in the story. :)

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  4. These little stories were the main reason I started following your blog. :o)

    fickle
    ambled
    brouhaha

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    1. Is that right? How cool! Thanks for telling me that, Myrna. Love the words! :)

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    2. Ooops! I just realized I skipped you, Myrna! I'll write yours next. :)

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  5. Congratulations on finishing the draft. Shorts are great ... here are a three on my mind:

    caress, crevasse, carburetor

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  6. Ooh, this is fun!! Hmmm...

    karma
    isolato
    brabble

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  7. double-decker
    plantation
    removal

    Three words randomly on my mind. :)

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  8. Amy, congrats on finishing your draft!

    Let's see, 3 words....

    How about Hamantashen, kugel, and varnishkes.

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  9. Ahhh. I am at a similar panic moment in my writing. You have given me inspiration. Thank you!

    Penury, foulard, capricious.

    Enjoy!

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    1. Fantastic! Let me know if you post your stories and I'll read them!

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  10. Look at you! I read your "social-media" story (and loved it) and just flipped back to this post. Apparently I've been living in a cave (but on the plus side, I have been more diligent at revising like I promised). :)

    Hope you are enjoying your break. I miss needing to talk to you/email your every day. :)

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