Hello there! Today I wanted to write about a great little site that I go t introduced to by Aaron Pogue over at Unstressed Syllables.
If you are a writer and haven’t checked out Aaron’s stuff, do it. He is very talented at teaching writing, which is good seeings as how he teaches writing on the college level too. He also has an incredibly easy to use ebook out about how to write an ebook! It is called How To Build An Ebook (affiliate link). Check it out, you will be impressed. I have another post that my lazy butt has to write about this book.
But today, I want to talk about the CCC, which is the Creative Copy Challenge. This Site is run by Shane Arthur and he is a nut for some good writing. Every Monday and Thursday he posts a new challenge. Yesterday, May 20, he posted #42. what you get is a list of 10 words or short phrases that you are challenged to “create a cohesive, creative short story tying all the words together!”
Sounds daunting doesn’t it? Honestly I don’t think so. I have been waiting for the words to be posted and then writing my stories. It has been kind of wild to see where my story goes based on inspiration from some randomly selected words. What is really interesting is how many different ways that authors work with the same 10 words.
I started writing over there just for fun but it is addictive and I just keep doing more. There are short self contained stories, there are really short works that ONLY use the challenge words, and then there are some silly people that feel compelled to put up a new chapter for their novel twice a week.
I am almost one of those. Mine are not as long as Aaron’s up there but they are coming. There are a few people in the challenge that are writing long stories, still using the challenge words but building on what has come previously. Shane has graciously put up a page linked to each persons longer story so it can be read all at once.
Some others, like me, have created their own sites to show off all of the challenges. You can see all of my stuff at my original Blog at http://delphiusbogue.wordpress.com.
Head on over to the Creative Copy Challenge and check it out. If you have writers block this can help force you to write something. If you just want to put something out to the world that has nothing to do with your blog, do it. If you want to read some great stories head on over and do it. There are some good things going on over there. Just be warned, it is addictive. The FDA may have to regulate it at some point.
Have a great day!