My project at work lately has been reading kids books and writing two summaries for them. The first summary is sparkly and zippy with exclamation points and loose ends. Hey, did you know? Have you ever? It’s purpose is to hook the student into reading. The second summary is more pedantic. In my head as I write it I’m a headmaster at a boarding school and I’m British for some reason. That’s the persona I adopt to explain what the teacher needs to know about the book to start a conversation with a student.
Summarizing the same book twice is tricky. I really kinda hated it in the face. Then I found out I had to summarize my own story for a writing contest. Blerg. Why?
After weeks of trudging through atlases and basketball player biography chapter books, getting to the core of my story was a bit easier. I tweaked it to punch up the hook; I pulled out a few key details to give my inner headmaster something to lecture about. Mashed those ideas together to form a summary, did a jig for good luck, and I feel like my story is stronger because of it. Now I see why the contest has its writers summarize.
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Where are your socks?
The optional prompt above can serve as inspiration for your fiction or poetry. Use the question word for word in your story or poem, or just answer it. In case that’s not enough to get you going:
New inspiration for you
Prompt up is our optional weekly writing prompt for the fiction|poetry challenge! Here’s how it works: we choose a sentence prompt from last week’s winning nonfiction post and announce it in the kickoff. It’s your job to use that prompt as the first sentence in your poem or story and then run with it. The prompt is just a springboard, though: feel free to keep it as your first sentence, move it, change it, or float down it to other territories.
Erica’s crowd-fave winning essay brings you this Prompt Up: I may have to start making my bed.
February poetry slam: Spenserian sonnets
When we think of sonnets, Shakespeare usually comes to mind. But The Bard isn’t the only one to play with the form. This month we’re revisiting sonnets, but with a twist. We’ll be writing our 14 lines Edmund Spenser-style.
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