For Friday, October 23, 2015:
“Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little.”
Meme on Facebook from The Writers Circle
This is how we stretch our writing skills. If you’re a poet, write some flash fiction by turning a poem into a story. Write a sonnet if you normally write freestyle poems, or a lyric poem. If you write fiction, turn a story — or distill a novel — into a poem. Write an essay or a sermon. If your preferred genre is dystopian, craft something in the Steampunk style or Gothic.
You get the idea. Set yourself the task of practicing something new.
Read up on the different styles of sonnets, for instance — what are the three classic forms, what are they supposed to accomplish? — then write a different sonnet in each form. Write some Edwardian dialogue. Or write a complete 250 word story based on a photograph, one that has a beginning, middle, and end. Fiction writers, expand one or more characters’ thinking, see if they’ll let you take them someplace unexpected.
As always when practicing something new, the result doesn’t need to be seen in the public eye, but it will always make your preferred style better because your foundation is now wider and more secure, with more to build on and with.
In the process, you might just find a new skill, a new favorite form, something new to craft that eventually can be seen in public!