The prompt is up, and this pic be it.
Seriously, it's amazing, right? No words. After all, a picture is worth...
Five-hundred words. That's the count we're limited to because it's meant to be a short exercise in writing process. The picture inspires a story or scene, and we go from there.
Jeni posted the pic a day early (June 7) on her blog. There are eleven other writers besides me who are venturing into this blackhole, exposing our messy and clumsy process to benefit other writers.
I'm super excited to see what everyone comes up with. Along the way, Jeni gathered more writers on the sidelines because that's what she does. She's like the pied piper of the writing community on Twitter. She speaks, thousands gather at her feet to do her bidding. Lol. I'm one of them. Jeni has a way that makes you feel you can do anything. She's joined by Carly Hayward, and together they make a dynamic editing duo.
This week, we work on our rough draft. It might reach five-hundred words. It might be more. Might be less. All posts should be up by June 15.
Next, we take seven days to self-edit. Tweak the story line. Mess with sentence structures. Insert and delete words. We'll post this revised version June 22.
At that point, our CPs take over. Jeni and Carly paired us for two different editing rounds.
First round, Sean Wilson and I will exchange and critique.
Then we have a chance to work on those suggestions and post our revision June 29.
My next partner will be Jen Karner.
The cool thing is, I don't know either of these writers, but I hope to get better acquainted throughout these seven weeks. This, of course, is the true reward of WriterInMotion.
What you don't see is the behind-the-scenes banter and shenanigans. We're getting to know one another and tossing out ideas. I am constantly amazed at the creativity and courage of writers; their ideas are diverse and their concepts bold.
Here's how I worked with the prompt.
--First, I let the image marinate in my writer's mind. I ignored any urge to draft ideas for forty-eight hours.
--Second, I worked on my current WIP.
--Third, I took a few quiet moments to ponder and dream: what does the image do for me? What does it remind me of? If I were in the scene, what might I be doing, and how did I get there?
--Next, an idea began to percolate, and I opened a blank document and started writing. Because I'm revising another story right now, my writing brain is activated. I have an internal filing cabinet of where I want a story to start and where I want it to go.
--Finally, a character and story emerged. As I write middle grade, it's natural that my story landed there. Again, it's what's already forming inside my writer's brain. These tweeny adolescents take up residence and wait to be used. Today, one girl got her chance.
I've no idea if this draft will look similar or entirely different in the end. That doesn't matter. When drafting, I need to let go of outcome. I invite my muse and flow--if you will--like the sea.
Stay tuned for my draft post. I'll have it up soon. (Fun fact: two dynamic editors make a guest appearance in fictional form. One's a whiny little sister. The other's a loyal best friend. Who is who?)
Here's a taste of my words in motion...
"The sand beneath my feet rises like the tide and knocks me over. I face-plant, forced to eat wet earth, and a thought crosses my mind like a serpent in the sea, slithering between a seaweed jungle of fear and worry: I’m going to die.