When I interviewed novelist Yuvi Zalkow, I suggested everyone view his presentation, “I’m a failed writer.” If you missed it, today’s challenge is for you.
When you get to the part where Yuvi lists exercises to force yourself to look at your manuscript through a different lens, pay attention. Slow down, or back up and pause, then pick one of his prompts. Open a blank document (or a notebook) and write.
Here are two images from his presentation to give you an idea of what I’m talking about:
That’s today’s challenge. Thanks for jotting down so many great ideas, Yuvi! I’m confident this exercise will inspire and/or unstick writers, whether they’re working through a first draft or a fifth one.
Feel free to leave comments about your results here or over on Yuvi’s site. And if you have an idea for a writing challenge, send me a note at laurastanfill at hotmail dot com. If I choose to your suggestion as a future challenge, I’ll credit you and link to your site or blog (or both). It’s another way I’m trying to build community around here.