Writing Challenge #20

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Editor’s Note: This post has been written by Linda K. Strahl, an editor at the Jet Fuel Review. Her full bio can be found at the end of this post.

The first prompt for this week took me some time to figure out, so I think an explanation is in order. As many authors know, comparison is a good way to get the audience to relate to a situation the character is placed in. People understand the comparison between tributaries and the veins found in the human body. They understand relating an object or action to a familiar commonality so that the audience has a mental image or sound reference for a scene. This exercise is something that will help strengthen and broaden our perspectives. Once I figured out the request the task became less of a chore, and more of fun twist on a challenge. Hope you enjoy that one.

This second prompt isn’t something that can be shared. I should explain. The task is to resolve a problem by writing it down and then write down all of the possible ways to deal with the challenge of the day. My problems are like a minefield. I try to tip-toe through the maze alone, trying not to trip on them. Therefore as I have done only twice before I leave you with the prompt rather than my own brain problems. With that said, here are the prompts for this week:

Prompt # 39

Task: Compare one thing with many other things.

Duration: 15 minutes

A raindrop is a waterfall, like the torrent of rock crushing force, that carves worlds. A raindrop is like a cog in the mechanism, the thing that filters through the waterwheel. A raindrop is like tears from the sky. You see them plop onto the windshield and you think of the last face you saw that was crying. A raindrop reminds you of the shower you had that morning, and how pointless it was to use the hairdryer. A raindrop cleans, filters, hydrates and drowns an individual blade of grass. A raindrop impacts the pavement, ricocheting in fragments, like a broken piece of glass. Dripping from a gutter, a raindrop reminds you of your leaky kitchen sink, and the squeaky door frame in your childhood home. A raindrop is a memory, and they usually show up in storms.

Prompt # 40

Task- Dear Abby: Today choose a situation in your life about which you need advice. Start by presenting the problem. Listen to the different internal voices that respond. Then home in on one voice at a time and transcribe verbatim. Use one or more of these voices to develop characters.

Editor’s Note: Linda K Strahl is a transfer student from University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, where she was studying Archaeology and minoring in Creative Writing. She came to Lewis University in Fall of 2010 to major in Creative Writing. After participating in the production of two plays at Phillip Lynch Theater she has become an enthusiastic dramaturg, and is contemplating a career as a researcher and playwriter.

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