Wednesday, November 24, 2010

We're working on a new look and a writing challenge . . .

. . . but because we're swamped, it probably won't be ready for a while. In the meantime, keep writing (of course!), and check back every once in a while. Some features that are available for use right now: the writing timer (it's a great way to get in at least 10 minutes a day of writing exercise); the magazine list (which includes submission guidelines to many children's and young adult markets); any of our previous posts; and links to literature on children's and young adult lit.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Writing Prompt: Playing with Food (aka Grocery Store Diction)

A couple of us were wandering through the grocery store, looking for words on pre-packaged products that we could use to craft an inspiring message. We were looking for positive words, like Smart and Great and Stupendous. We did find Smart (Smart Food) and Great (“great recipes included inside” on a peanut butter cookie mix); we also found a whole lot of words that were unusable but funny.

So here’s the prompt. Go to the grocery store and wander down the cereal aisle, the cracker-cookie aisle, the candy aisle, and anywhere else that has pre-packaged goods. Scan the products for great words—scrumptious, hot, crunchy, cheesy, sloppy, sizzling, saucy—and then write either a humorous romance scene (or something else) using those words.

For an even more exciting experience, take a writer-friend along, and do the looking/writing/discussing aloud together. You may turn a few heads, but that’s the price you have to pay for art. :-)

We would love for you to post your scenes.