Warmup #25

1200 word challenge: Write a diary entry of someone witnessing a historical event that hasn’t happened yet.

Warmup #24

1200 word challenge: Be Jane Austen or JRR Tolkien: Write unnecessarily lengthy prose describing some generic and boring piece of scenery. A field is nice, as is an utterly empty room.

Warmup #23

1200 word challenge: Pretend you’re Joss Whedon. Write two characters having a conversation about the weather.

Warmup #22

800 word challenge: Describe the experience of wearing too small shoes.

Warmup #21

800 word challenge: In honor of my wife: Write a romantic scene: either true love (think Princess Bride), or angst (Troi and Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mulder and Scully, Mal and Inara, Kaylee and Simon, The Doctor and Rose (or almost any other of his companions, really), Aragorn and Eowin. No examples […]

Warmup #20

800 word challenge: Finish this short story: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” (No further quoting from A Tale of Two Cities permitted.)

Warmup #19

800 word challenge: Make an argument in favor of something horrible (genocide), or against something wonderful (kittens). Obviously, you don’t need to choose genocide or kittens. I’ll leave it up to your personal preference, but remember that kittens rock.

Warmup #18

800 word challenge: Fictionalize your day to the point of it being engrossing. PS: If you’re not me, you may not need to fictionalize too much for it to be engrossing. I’m just trying to make myself feel better.

Warmup #17

800 word challenges: Write the same scene in first person.

Warmup #16

800 word challenge: Write the same scene in third person.