Passing on the 5 word challenge

In Too lazy to assign a category on January 15, 2007 at 8:19 pm

I'm happy to see there are 9 people who took up the first 5 word challenge, that is according to my VoxWatch page, when looking at the feed for the 5wordchallenge tag. I've seen Brain Dead replying on Michelle's entry and I noticed Favewrites did his own version being inspired by Michelle's entry, and a web site called Stephen L. Thompson's 5 Word Challenge. I'd say that's a pretty good response.

Now the time has come to pass on the challenge. I have (re)read the 9 entries that are tagged 5wordchallenge.

Michelle captured some fragile moments, filled with tenderness. Electric Firefly wrote about jealousy, impotence, anger and a turning point. Amanda's style is very different. She writes in the first person, except for one sentence. Anyone know why she did this? Anyway, this entry also is about matters of the heart. An entire different kind of reaction though. RPM titled her entry 'Following orders'. Turned out it wasn't all that simple. And was she even following orders? Whose orders? Liz writes about witchcraft, cleaning and memories. She was afraid her entry was 'a tad bit rough' but perhaps that's just the way that entry was supposed to be. EMM chose to use the words in a 'commentary paper', and Michael describes longing, for adventure, passion, and one night stands, time passing and a big, big world. Unique got inspired while swimming, and likes a 6 letter word beginning with 'f' and ending 'er'. Bi-n desu finally wrote about cultural imperialism, punk and teenage life.

Some didn't follow instructions exactly. Some used earphone or headphones instead of headphone, and flowers instead of flower. Some didn't put all the given words in bold. Some didn't post the 'instructions', leaving their readers wondering who was 'in charge'. But for once I won't be picky *grin*

I suggest that during the next challenge, the person choosing the words, and all that participate, post:

This is how it works: you get 5 words and with these 5 words you have to write an entry. The words might or might not be related. You decide how to combine them, and how long your entry will be. You tag your entry with 5wordchallenge and whatever other tags you like. Finally, you put the words in bold.

This challenge: word 1, word 2, word 3, word 4, word 5

In one week the challenge will be passed on to someone that participated in this one.

And now, without further ado … the next person in charge of this challenge is …

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  1. Unfortunately I forgot Tealwriter, because she made a spelling error, and used the tag 5wordchallange.

  2. Alright, I'm not sure I'm up to the task in light of my creative drought, but I will do my very best. I will post something within the next 24 hours (hopefully less, but I have gotten significantly less work done today than I had hoped ;).

  3. There's no obligation to post a full entry. If you prefer, you can just post the 5 words. Your creative drought ought to be able to handle that, right? :-p

  4. Yes. But I would like to try to do a full entry. It's much more fun that way.

  5. There you have a point 🙂

  6. I could not for the life of me get my wireless network configured to stay up for any time last week, so I just now got my 5 word challenge done. Like any writer, I scoff at deadlines. Yeah…that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. 😉 Hee.

  7. not sure where i've veered from first. do you mean by including dialog? i still see this as a monolog with the MC telling the story and quoting the lines of dialog himself. thanks for the summary of the responses…great stuff. i don't always write like that but this was the voice of the MC.

  8. He puts the petunia in a little pot. It’s purple and smells good.I was talking about the sentence above. To me it somehow seemed odd since in the next paragraphs you're using I.

  9. Ah ok. It's still the MC describing the scene in his voice. I could have said "I see him put the petunia…" but that would be repetitive. I haven't slipped out of first person. Using the third person within one's writing isn't the same as writing in the third person, if that makes sense. Maybe if I said "He puts my petunia in a little pot" that would be more consistent?

  10. I thought the first person put the petunia in a little pot I guess. Now I see though. For me it would be more consistent, but you have to keep in mind English is not my mother tongue. Possibly it is just me 🙂

  11. Ah, now I see what you mean. The "he" is vague there. Would be better to more precise of me to say "the florist" or something like that. I don't think there's anything wrong with your English. It's the writer who needs help with precision 😉 Thanks!

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