Invites: [Aug 15-19]

Hey look! Some more so-called assignments!!

Which is to say: invitations to transcend!!! (Or something way less motivational-speaker-y-sounding than that.)

…Get back in under the hood and tinker with something you wrote last week.

…Revisit last week’s Invites.

…Incorporate a resonant noun from the 30 Things [You] Love Right Now.

…Write a poem about a failure.

  • Yours?
  • A loved one’s?
  • A country’s?

…Write a poem about a job.

  • Yours?
  • A loved one’s?
  • A public figure’s?

…Write a one-page children’s story that appeals to people of all ages.

…Write a poem in short lines and long sentences.

…Proceed by a series of (very specific) rhetorical questions.

…Write a poem (or something) about a place you left a long time ago.

…Inform and instruct. Research if you have to. Use facts.

…Blend fact and fiction.

  • Tell a true story as straight as you can.
  • Until you can’t.
  • Then: embellish.

…An exotic locale!

…A place in transit/transition!

…Write a personal essay that evokes a particular place and that fully characterizes the people in it.

  • Pick a place where you have some history but where you can also return for a while to sit and observe (AKA: notice and document). Try, also, to find a place that is peopled.
  • In the process of this noticing, evoking, and characterizing, try to reveal something about yourself — but do it obliquely. Don’t come right out and say it. Instead, try to let the things you notice and the way you convey them do the work of this personal revelation.
  • Also: maybe this is a lyric essay?

…Write a story that has all of the following:

  • a beginning.
  • a middle.
  • an ending.
  • characters.
  • a setting.
  • a crucial object. (Like, you know, a tangible thing.)
  • exactly 302 words.
  • ooh: also: CONFLICT!

Keeping in mind that conflict is really just motivation/desire plus an obstacle to realizing said motivation/desire.

Also keeping in mind that setting = place + time.

Speaking of setting, here are a few potential settings you might consider:

  • a specialty high school in the American South?
  • a train station?
  • a theme park?
  • a bomb shelter?
  • a cemetery?
  • a place of worship?
  • a village market?

Also keeping in mind that the more specific you can be about the wheres and whens of your story, the more compelling your characters will be because place and time are crucial to a character’s motivations and desires. Which is crucial to what? Yes. Right: CONFLICT. And that’s crucial to a story.

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