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30 Days of Writing: Do I Dare? September 7, 2012

Filed under: Writing — katblogger @ 3:32 PM

The tumblr landscape is filled with 30 day challenges. Thirty days of fan art. Thirty days of pictures. Thirty shades of gr-whoops, not that one. I stumbled upon this writing challenge a month or so ago and archived it, promptly forgetting it existed.

Since I`ve been in college, I`ve gotten almost no writing done. That ought to change. So I pulled this challenge out, dusted it off, and pinned it metaphorically onto my to do list. (Not literally. Printing costs way too much for that kind of extravagance.)

I probably won`t be doing it on thirty consecutive days. Or even consecutively. We`ll see. But I will undertake this challenge. Anyone want to join me?


Day 1: Re-write a classic fairy tale.

Day 2: Write a fanfiction.

Day 3: A story that takes place pre-1950.

Day 4: A poem using the words: blue, mistrust, half, twang.

Day 5: A story revolving around an object in your room.

Day 6: Start your story with: “He glanced at his watch impatiently…”

Day 7: Create a superhero. Have he/she save the day.

Day 8: Write a prequel to that Superhero. Pre-Superhero life. Maybe their childhood.

Day 9: A story in 250 words or less about your favorite city.

Day 10: Start story with: “She touched the little box in her pocket and smiled…”

Day 11: A story where the characters go without power for a day.

Day 12: Find 10 random words and create your own definitions.

Day 13: Begin with “I thought I saw…”

Day 14: Randomly find someone in your yearbook. Create a story about their life today.

Day 15: Write about a stranger you see. Either their back-story or what they are thinking in the moment you see them.

Day 16: Go to iTunes, put your music on random. Write a story about the first song that comes up. (250 words or less)

Day 17: Use time travel in a story.

Day 18: A story set in a ghost town.

Day 19: Write an obituary for a historical figure.

Day 20: Use these words in a story: grandfather, photo album, post office, and folder.

Day 21: He or she sees their crush in a library. Describe the incident.

Day 22: Write a story based on a dream you had.

Day 23: Describe/fictionalize a childhood memory.

Day 24: Write a story that takes place 100 years in the future.

Day 25: Write a story about a mythical creature.

Day 26: Write about the 30th picture on your phone or computer. Write about the story behind it, or make up the story behind it.

Day 27: Story taking place during a sporting event (any sport).

Day 28: Story on a ship. Past, present, or future.

Day 29: Story about space.

Day 30: Story or poem about ice.



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