See if you can match Earnest Hemingway's 418-word sentence quoted in
this weeks lecture. Here's the hard part: it has to make sense. Word
count should be between 300 and 500 words. You can use any combination
of phrases you'd like, in any order, and any topic.
“That something I cannot yet define completely but the feeling comes
when you write well and truly of something and know impersonally you
have written in that way and those who are paid to read it and report on
it do not like the subject so they say it is all a fake, yet you know
its value absolutely; or when you do something which people do not
consider a serious occupation and yet you know, truly, that it is as
important and has always been as important as all the things that, are
in fashion, and when, on the sea, you are alone with it and know that
this Gulf Stream you are living with, knowing, learning about, and
loving, has moved, as it moves, since before man, and that it has gone
by the shoreline …
I'm currently taking some writing classes through Writers Village University and having fun with the exercises:
The object of this lesson: To find the rose in the rubble.
Picture a vacant city lot, discarded
rubble, broken bottles, clumps of weeds, perhaps a body or two, and a
single rose in bloom on a fine sunny day. Now imagine someone perceived
as evil -- it could be an historical figure, a fictional character,
the school bully, a serial killer. Find the rose.
400-500 word scene that exposes something of beauty in the character of
an otherwise evil man, woman or monster. Your scene should represent
the contrast between the character's negative and positive features.
Jacob knelt in the rubble from the dilapidated building, a big bruiser
of a man with arms like tree stumps, his bald head shiny with sweat. He
grasped the two by four again, his knuckles torn and bloody, slammed it
against the old safe. The board splintered, pieces flew everywhere,