For a while, I was posting the exercises from "Steering the Craft" by Ursula K LeGuin, and that was sort of neat, but it fell by the wayside.
I thought about posting links to the random harlequin romance novel website writing contests they have there, but that probably only applies to me.
What to do! What to do?
Write a paragraph to a page (200-350 words) of descriptive narrative prose without adjectives of adverbs. No dialog.
The point is to give a vivid description of a scene or an action, using only verbs, nouns, pronouns, and articles. Adverbs of time (then, next, later, etc.) may be necessary, but be sparing. Be chaste.
If you're using this book in a group, I recommend that you do this exercise at home, because it may take a while.
If you're currently working on a longer piece, you might want to try writing the next paragraph or page of it as this exercise.
The first time you do the exercise, write something new. After that you might want to try "chastening" a passage you've already written. It can be interesting.
So what's the protocol here, should 'we' try to do this, set a deadline, and then each try to crit via LJ? Do we have a protocol? Probably not. What kind of deadline? How busy are people? Aiee!
The eHarlequin website is having a
Romance Idol competition. They write the first chapter, you write the rest. I am working on this already, but I thought I would bring it up, for whatever reason.
Maybe, after I get my act together, I'll post my ending here.
So, what else is new?