March 28, 2011

How Younique - Challenge #1!

First things first... there are only a couple hours left to bid on my books at Write Hope if any of you happen to be interested...

Now, onto today's topic: uniqueness (which doesn't quite sound like a real word...)

When I go on school visits, I'm always telling kids about the importance of their voices - because everyone is different, everyone's experiences and how they experience them are different, and no two people will tell a story the same way.  But I think it would be fun to see how true that really is....

So.  I'm hoping at least some of you are like me and can't resist a challenge :)

I will give you a sentence to complete.  (Actually, in the interest of encouraging more people to try it, I'll give you a couple to choose from - please feel free to do more than one!)  I hope lots of people will give it a try.  I won't post your responses until tomorrow and then we can see how different they all are!  (Really, we're like scientists here!)

1.  I never expected that one day I'd open my closet and find...
2.  It was obviously going to be an unusual day when my mom came into the bedroom and said...
3.  He was afraid, but he called upon all the courage he had as...


Tomorrow I will give you three words and see how different the sentences you come up with are (Challenge #2.)  And Wednesday we will take cliche's and try to make them new (Challenge #3.)

Please join in if you can.  We are conducting important research for the benefit of kids' education :)  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!  And what better way to take a little break from Monday's work?  Who knows, by finishing the sentence, you may come up with a story starter for yourself!  (Or when I post the responses tomorrow, you might find a story starter in someone else's sentence!)

P.S.  Due to an underwhelming response on Monday (*cough*) I'm going to leave this post up for another day in the hopes that I might get a few more participants, and do the 2nd and 3rd Challenges later in the week.  Please join the fun, the excitement, the ground-breaking scientific discovery!
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6 comments:

  1. 1. ...a racoon eating my underwear.
    2. "Get up princess! Your prince is arriving at the west gate."
    3. ...gulped down a spoonful of fishhead soup.

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  2. Sorry, Susanna, but every time I try to finish one, it just sounds stupid. But that is the point, right, that even if it feels funny, jump in because no one else has your voice. So, here goes:
    1. I never expected that one day I'd open my closet and find a kangaroo napping.
    2. It was obviously going to be an unusual day when my mom came into the bedroom and said are you ready to make a mess?
    3. He was afraid, but he called upon all the courage he had as he climbed the tree to retrieve the frisbee.
    Jenny Anderson, still aspiring

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  3. I never expected that one day I'd open my closet and find an eyebrowless gnome in an angel sweater, her pendulous stomach being balanced on tiny knees.
    It was obviously going to be an unusual day when my mom came into the bedroom and said, grab a diaper for your sister and your pirate eye patch and come with me.

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  4. So cool of you to donate your books to Write Hope! Such a great cause ...

    I'm truly a sucker for challenges, so I'll take a stab at #3:

    "He was afraid, but he called upon all the courage he had as his mother pushed the brussels sprouts under his nose; if Sam couldn't choke down at least three of the slimy green orbs, his tongue might never again experience the frigid splendor of mint-chocolate ice cream."

    I know, I cheated, but there wasn't a word limit. Besides, this seemed like the perfect opportunity for a run-on (or runaway) sentence! lol I'll check back for challenge # 2 and 3.

    EJ

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  5. Here are my responses to your sentences. :-)

    1. I never expected that one day I'd open my closet and find... a doorway to another world.

    2. It was obviously going to be an unusual day when my mom came into the bedroom and said... we were moving to the North Pole

    3. He was afraid, but he called upon all the courage he had as... he knew that, Cora, his little sister wouldn’t be able to escape the evil dragon without his help.

    P.S. Congrats on being judged a finalist for the flash fiction challenge. Me too! :-)

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  6. Becky, Jenny, Teri, E.J. and Cally - thanks so much for playing! (And congrats to Cally and E.J. who I think were also both short-listed for the flash fiction contest!!!)

    Aren't these sentences fun and entertaining, showing the great imagination of the people who wrote them as well as uniqueness?

    I'm looking forward to challenge #2!

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