The Writers Challenge Game

The Writer’s Challenge Exercise

Not sure where you are going next? Mind in a haze over our current times or just craziness in your own life? This challenge exercise can help get the mind moving!

While I admit that this exercise is more fun when we can be together, it’s also something you can utilize at any time you feel the need.

Now, when we’re in person, you’re on a time limit and you have a chance to read your story/book/novella beginning to others. But you’ll be surprised what you may come up with! Something to submit, something to self-publish, something that spurs you on to something else.

So, if you’re playing by all the rules . . .

Print the list of sentences, nouns, verbs, and adjectives, cut all into pieces. Pick one sentence, two nouns, and two adjectives, two verbs out of separate baskets or piles.

And there’s your challenge. Pick a genre, and then . . . go!

 

The rules are that you must use your sentence and your nouns with your adjectives, and verbs however you choose. Now this can be fun and interesting. You might have a bow-legged stripper and a one-eyed detective! Make it work!

The first sentence, often used, is “The blood dripped slowly down the wall.”

Now you can take this into any genre.  One of my favorite stories using this sentence was written by a friend. She chose comedic horror for her genre. Blood dripped slowly down the wall—her protagonist was “vegetarian zombie” because she’d fallen in love with a mortal, a “tall cop.” But the zombies next door liked to torment her by tossing their leftovers into her yard. She resisted returning to her normal state out of love—until she discovers that her husband has been cheating on her with the zombie next door. So much for giving up everything for love. She goes in to see him and . . . we all know what happens from there. Moral of the story, don’t marry a zombie if you want to mess around.

Another author took the sentence and turned it into a young adult story. The blood is dripping down the wall because the “muscle-bound teen” was cast in the school play along with the “nerdy girl.” She’s the make-up artist who helps him when he does everything wrong, and the football playing hotshot discovers that there’s so much more to a young woman he’d never looked at twice before.

Mystery genre—detectives must investigate the blood dripping down the wall.

Sci-fi romance—in the midst of an alien invasion, a soldier comes upon an injured man/woman and must save her so that they can escape together; the injured one is a scientist, working on a way to kill the alien force before it can obliterate humanity.

The point here . . . there’s a million places you can go. And it’s fun and challenging!

Also—our language is filled with wonderful words. Add your own in. Up the game! Get yourself a list of verbs and have your characters jump/dive/fly/run . . . and onward!

Then, of course, you can add adverbs!

Sentences

Pick one of the seven—and then your genre!

1.  The blood dripped slowly down the wall.

2.  The darkness caused him to trip and that was how he discovered the body on the floor.

3.  The man was despicable!

4.  The task ahead seemed impossible.

5.  She was searching for a hose to break up the fighting dogs when he walked onto the scene.

6.  What was going on with the sky?

7.  He could see it; the water was about to come crashing down on them all.

 

Nouns/characters – Pick Two

Add more if you can think of any

Adjectives - Pick Two

Policeman

Clown

Truck Driver

Clerk

Waitress

Journalist

Dancer

Musician

Painter

Orderly

Farmer

IRS Agent

Woodsman

Technician

Hair Stylist

Pool Boy

Werewolf

Poet

Cowboy

Cruise Director

Gymnast

Policewoman

Sheepherder

Navy Seal

Banker

Waiter

Actor

Pole Dancer

Guitarist

Artist

Accountant

Student

President

Logger

Knight

Designer

Ghoul

Mummy

Beautician

Cowgirl

Nutritionst

Football Player

FBI Agent

Mortician

Captain

Teller

Bus Boy

Director

Gigolo

Piano Player

Botanist

Babysitter

Teacher

Principal

Engineer

Soldier

Crime-scene Cleaner

Ghost

Thief

Teenager

Equestrian

Masseuse

Cheerleader

U.S. Marshall

Medical Examiner

Colonel

Cook

Bus Girl

Model

Exotic Dancer

Stone Mason

Doctor

Veterinarian

Professor

Congressman

Animator

Caricaturist

Maid

Zombie

Computer Technician

Old-timer

Diver

Personal Trainer

Golfer

Marine

Grave Digger

General

Chef

Writer

Stripper

Ballerina

Architect

Nurse

Rancher

Intern

Senator

Producer

Manicurist

Hotel Owner

Vampire

Software Creator

Retiree

Fisherman

Yoga Instructor

Bowler

Blue-eyed

Bow-legged

Bald

Bearded

Ugly

Beautiful

Pretty

Creepy

Majestic

Ghoulish

Ghostly

Blond

Brunette

Gimpy

Grotesque

Ghastly

Gorgeous

Tiny

Gigantic

Small

Teensy

Large

Big-breasted

Beastly

Cute

Green-eyed

Brown-eyed

Big-nosed

Skinny

Bony

Fat

One-armed

Pidgeon-toed

Elegant

Sloppy

Chunky

Wiry

Lithe

Iron-jawed

Long fingered

Courtly

Long faced

Buck toothed

Austere

Delightful

Scary

Homely

Horrible

Quant

Eccentric

Dizzy

Drab

Arrogant

Enchanting

Jittery

Jealous

Lively

Exuberant

Terrible

Magnificent

Fair

Famous

Mysterious

Nasty

Naughty

Clever

Frantic

Obnoxious

Vivacious

Glorious

Graceful

Wicked

Weary

Crazy

Handsome

Powerful

Weary

Wounded

Wonderful

Unsightly

Witty

Wild

Grumpy

Hilarious

Cruel

Maudlin

Menacing

Costumed

Double-chinned

Slack-jawed

Slimy

Slick

Salacious

Sad

Cheerful

Cheery

Rough-voiced

Thick-necked

Vigorous

Raw-boned

Loud

Hateful

Honey-voiced

Spooky

Cantankerous

Cuddly

Adorable

Acid-tongued

Boring

Royal

Natty

Barfoot

Naked

Shoeless

Verbs - Pick Three

Accuse

Acquire

Bake

Clean

Run

Walk

Sidle

Swim

Fall

Allow

Slice

Strangle

Cough

Sneeze

Sneer

Appear

Attract

Avoid

Bathe

Believe

Beg

Break

Buy

Burn

Build

Care

Carry

Catch

Chop

Create

Crawl

Creep

Cry

Criticize

Cut

Dance

Dare

Deal

Doubt

Disagree

Discover

Dislike

Drill

Drink

Enable

Enhance

Explain

Forbid

Freeze

Forget

Freeze

Finish

Grind

Grow

Discover

Dislike

Drill

Drink

Enable

Enhance

Give

Hit

Hate

Hear

Hope

Heat

Investigate

Jump

Justify

Kick

Kiss

Know

Lack

Leap

Lose

Love

Melt

Mix

Negate

Negotiate

Mow

Need

Observe

Order

Pay

Plan

Prefer

Push

Quit

Resist

Scrub

See

Serve

Shoot

Sever

Seize

Slaughter

Slice

Survive

Take

Tear

Threaten

Warn

Wake

Weep

Write!

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