Shane Arthur, Sean Platt and David Wright who created and run Creative Copy Challenge say in their about page that the twice-weekly write a story out of 10 posted words is a “…quick way to crush writer’s block and unleash… creative muses.” I’ve never experienced serious, or even semi-serious writer’s block, but I suspect accepting the challenge of writing with 10 words chosen by someone else would go a long way toward waking up a sullen muse. There is more, however, going on with Creative Copy Challenge
- There’s a discipline in working 10 specific words chosen for you into story form. You never know how or why the word are picked. I picked the ones I submitted by playing Hangman on my iPad!. You bring your skill to someone else’s expression.
- The twice-a-week challenge creates a practice that’s useful. I strongly suspect this practice, like others, is just plain good for writers because it teaches our brain to respond in a different way on a regular basis.
- Exposing this kind of off the cuff creative work to others emboldens you to try new things. The words, the nature of the commenting space, the rapidity that posts and comments about posts are made sparks the imagination.
- Reading other’s writing gives you a window into their approaches you wouldn’t get otherwise. As you read how other people handle the challenge you add possibility to your own repertoire.
- The challenge can take different forms. For example, some write poetry, some have an ongoing story, some write short pieces – each variety can act as an additional challenge should you choose to accept it.
- Besides, it’s fun.
Challenge yourself. Try Creative Copy Challenge. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
What kind of writing practice do you practice?
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