An aspect of my Inspiration for Creation blog is the opportunity to share my experiences with you – little bits and pieces of my ongoing search for inspiration, and hopefully nuggets of creative wealth in the process. Initially, I thought I’d just do my own creative experiments and then blog about it. But since then, I’ve come up with a more interesting idea. And it involves you. (Yes, you.)
A New Twist
Every so often I’m going to propose a Creative Challenge. It’s for myself, but also for you. Of course you won’t benefit from it unless you participate, which I hope you will. Worst case, you’ll have fun. Best case, you’ll make an amazing creative discovery within yourself. I hope you’ll find inspiration.
So here’s how this will go down: I’ll issue the challenge and give you a few days to work on it. Today is Thursday, so you’ll have the weekend and then we’ll meet back here next Tuesday and see what we’ve found. And if you read this post after Tuesday, please still feel free to participate. There are no deadlines. (And also, if you have suggestions for future challenges, please let me know. I’m always open to hearing your ideas.)
Most of these challenges will be geared toward writers. Writing is my focus. But I would love to have participation from anyone – even if you don’t think you’re a great writer. (Think of it as practice.) This is really just about having fun and encouraging each other in the process. And what you share will benefit others, too. I guarantee it.
So, without further ado, here it is.
- Go people watching. Park yourself someplace (at a location of your choice) and discreetly observe the people around you.
- Based on those around you, develop one (or more) character(s) and create a fictional short story about him (them).
- Post your story in the comments. Also, don’t forget to tell us the location where you scoped out your characters. It will be more entertaining (and enlightening) that way.
I’m not concerned with word count. A few paragraphs is fine, but feel free to write more. I’m not putting any kind of length restriction on it. I’ll post my own findings on Tuesday. Come back then to swap stories.
See you then!