Monday, July 26, 2010

A Call to Writers

Exactly one month from now I'll be getting on the plane to go to Las Vegas for KillerCon. WHOO!!

If there's anyone out there reading this who'd like to attend the con and meet up there, please let me know in comments or by shooting me an email (or Tweet, or whatever social media poison you prefer). I'm traveling by myself and I would love to hang out with some blogiverse friends... Regardless, I hope I can make some new friends at the con. I don't want to spend the whole weekend by myself.

I'm also wondering if you guys can help me with something. KillerCon is having an on-site writing contest. The convention committee gives the assembled contestants five words, a horror-related topic, a leadoff sentence, and fifteen minutes. The contestants have a sheet of paper and a pen. After the fifteen minutes is up, they compare entries and choose a winner.

I want to enter this contest, but I'm a little nervous about writing it longhand for a couple of reasons. First is the physical side - because of a car accident two years ago, it's very difficult for me to hold a pen for any length of time. Five minutes is hard. Fifteen minutes is torture. But the more I practice longhand, the easier it gets to do.

The other side is how much slower my hand is at writing my thoughts as opposed to typing my thoughts. My typing speed is on average around 90 wpm, so it's a LOT faster to type than it is write longhand. Which means I don't write as well longhand, because it feels clunky and it's difficult to get up to the speed I want to write at.

So here's where YOU come in. I need to practice this longhand coming-up-with-stories-on-the-spot thing. If you will, leave five words, a topic, and a leadoff sentence in the comments of this entry. I'll time myself and try to do one each evening. Since it'll be hard to get more than a page or two out over fifteen minutes' time, I can post the best pieces on my blog. It won't be entirely spontaneous like the contest will be, but at least I'll be getting some practice at quick invention, along with strengthening the muscles in my hand for quick writing.

What do y'all think? Can you help a fellow writer out?

I hope each and every one of you has a fantastic last week of July. :D

7 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I have fond memories of Vegas went there three years ago. If only I could go again.... would be there like a shot.

Yvonne.

Cruella Collett said...

Oh, fun! I wasn't entirely sure if you wanted horror topics for this one, or if that was just for the convention, so I chose a topic that can go both ways (depending on interpretation).

Topic: The living dead.

Five words:
shortcut
bushel
fist
tureen
mangrove

Starting sentence:
"Don't look back!" Gerda Aldrin said, as the last conscious look in her eyes faded into a blank stare of nothingness.


Good luck!

Jemi Fraser said...

Fun!

Topic: Murder in the Igloo :)

Words:
snow
blubber
knife
bear
sun

1st sentence: Did you know polar bears are all left handed?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looks like you have some good ones already. You'll do fine!

Falen (Sarah) said...

Topic: Plaugue

Words:
Murder
Monster
Ghost
Rose
Sun

Sentence.

Jackson laughed.

Stephen Tremp said...

wormhole
discovery
unknown
danger
mayhem

David stepped boldly through the portal, but failed to exit the other end.

Stephen Tremp

Wendy Ramer said...

kindergarten
vanquish
tassle
promulgate
cell phone
drool

Topic: Espionage

Upon learning about her assignment, she threw her head back in exasperation and cried, "Is he kidding me?"