Things learned from the Sentence Challenge

For forty days I wrote one sentence a day and posted it here. The only rules were to craft and edit a sentence until I liked it. It was simple, enjoyable and I learned some things:

  • When the writer is the only judge her creativity soars;
  • Procrastination guilt is greater when all that is required is one sentence;
  • Trimming the excess reveals many weaknesses in one’s writing;
  • A sentence can be written countless ways;
  • The writer is her own worst critic;
  • Word choice matters;
  • Adjectives are clunky;
  •  Start simple. Don’t complicate first then edit to simplify. If you start simple you will notice your adjectives more (and will be more discerning in every way);
  • Commas are a crutch. When in doubt, leave it out;
  • One sentence can tell a story;
  • Good ideas start with a sentence;
  • Writing is more thrilling when the goal is to keep it short and simple;
  • A writer can improve her craft one sentence at a time.

Sentence Challenge – Day 14

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and ruthlessly edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 14

Sunset hues sparked his dream-swept mind and lit his memories on fire.

Sentence Challenge – Day 9

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and ruthlessly edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 9

She tossed her pen onto her desk and disappeared out the door.

Sentence Challenge – Day 8

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and ruthlessly edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 8

He collapsed onto the cold grass in a lifeless heap, eyes fixed on the glowing orb hovering in the darkness.

Sentence Challenge – Day 7

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and ruthlessly edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 7

The wind spoke in a hushed whisper so she knew her thoughts about life were hers to keep between them.

Sentence Challenge – Day 5

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and ruthlessly edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 5

Raindrops slid down the forty-sixth floor window in unison, leaving vertical streaks that distorted her view of the city lights.

Sentence Challenge – Day 3

*My sentence challenge is simple. Each day I will craft, design and ruthlessly edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 3

Content are those who anticipate tomorrow’s regret and act today to prevent it.

Sentence challenge – Day 2

*My sentence challenge is simple. Each day I will craft, design and ruthlessly edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 2

The dappled sunlight on her cheeks danced with the rise of her smile.

Sentence challenge – Day 1

*My sentence challenge is simple. Each day I will craft, design and ruthlessly edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 1

He said goodbye without remorse, having surrendered to the impossible decision before him that was more significant than anything in his life, including her.

What if

What if?

What. If.

I brainstormed an alternate plot line for my novel that could make all the difference. Actually, brainstormed is too strong of a word. It was more like I stumbled upon a fleeting, tangential thought at an unexpected moment. It was entirely unintentional. I have no idea how and why it came to me when it did. But it did.

And it might be brilliant.

It also could be a total stink-bomb of an idea, but that’s beside the point. The point is…this randomly sparked light bulb shone for a moment long enough to inspire me re-write and finish the first book I wrote this past year. The one that has been on pause for months, floundering due to a story line that just wasn’t right.

Today, I may have uncovered the key to make it right.

There is much work to be done. Research. Outlining. Cutting and chopping. Re-writing. And always my favorite: storytelling.