Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Seven-minute challenge: lunch boxes

I learned this technique in a writing class taught by award-winning author Colleen Reece: take paper and pen. Listen to a writing prompt. Next, write as fast as you can for seven minutes.

Wasn't easy at first. I edited. Re-wrote. Crossed out sentences. Took a couple of weeks until, finally, I got it.

The weekly challenge turned out to be lucrative. Eventually, the finished products provided articles for magazines that sold at least four times.  That's what we writers refer to as "milk money". 

How about giving it a go? You've got nothing to lose. And you might be surprised to see how creative you could be in such a short amount of time.

Ready? Here's today's seven-minute challenge: 

My favorite lunch box ___________.

A little pencil in the big hands of a writing God,

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