What’s Up, Quillers and Thrillers?
Welcome back to Quills and Thrills! I hope your turkey day rocked your socks. If you’re new to Quills and Thrills this week, you need to turn in your Ten Commandments of Digital Citizenship pledge and signed permission form before you can publish anything online on behalf of the club.
Don’t have the Ten Commandments of Digital Citizenship permission form signed yet? No worries, you can still create the tools needed to build your online presence and set them aside until you get the permission form signed.
Do your parents prefer that you refrain from publishing your writing online? No problem! You can still participate in the writing prompts and keep a journal!
Figurative Language Throw Down Challenge
Last week was a weird week for Quills and Thrills. The room was full of students working on class work, so we were unable to officially vote for the winner to the challenge for week three. Therefore, we’ll start this week’s Tuesday meeting by voting on last week’s submissions! So, go do that now.
Did you vote on last week’s submissions? Great! Now, you may submit your response to this week’s challenge! You may find the prompt for this week in the tweet below. Make sure to submit your responses using #QuillsandThrillsFLTD!
— Ms. Hayes (@mskellyhayes) December 1, 2015
Is this your first Figurative Language Throw Down? Check out the rules for the weekly challenge before playing for the first time.
New Experience: Text a Friend Using Only Your Nose
It’s December now! The weather is colder, which means that many of us are bundling up with gloves and scarves in the morning. But have you ever needed to text someone while wearing gloves that are not touch screen friendly? I have, and rather than take off my gloves, I’ll use my nose! It’s a tricky process that requires exceptional skill.
Send a text message to your friend using only your nose. Your message must read:
Hi, Friend! I’m attempting to send a text message using only my nose for my Quills and Thrills club. How did I do?
Before moving on to next week’s prompt, brainstorm different situations in which it’ll be helpful to know what it feels like to send a text message using only your nose. In fact, you may decide to stretch your experience into a short story for the weekly writing prompt!
Tap into Your Strongest Emotions
When writing good stories with convincing characters, it’s important to tap into our own emotions and give those emotions to our characters. According to Writer’s Digest, “the most important emotional incidents to explore in a character’s life – and one’s own – are:
- The moment of greatest fear
- The moment of greatest courage
- The moment of greatest sorrow
- The moment of greatest joy
- The worst failure
- The moment of deepest shame
- The moment of most profound guilt
- The moment of most redemptive forgiveness”
Before jumping into today’s prompt, write a reflection on one of the moments from your own life above. As you reflect, it may be helpful to use anecdotes to revisit the moment.
Rather than write from a new prompt this week, we’re going to extend our response to either the Figurative Language Throw Down Challenge or to this week’s new experience into a short story with a character who is now feeling the same emotions you wrote about in the reflection above. Horray for combining three different types of writing!
Confused? Here are some examples:
- You might write from the perspective of a cockroach who is experiencing immense fear (this would work if you reflected on your moment of greatest fear).
- You may write from the perspective of an individual who just sent an embarrassing text message to someone they’re desperate to impress (this would work if you reflected on your worst failure or moment of greatest shame).
- You might somehow combine the two experiences to juxtapose greatest sorrow (cockroach, perhaps?) and greatest joy (some character texting with her nose, perhaps?).
That’s All, Folks!
Stay tuned for my response to this writing prompt! It’ll be interesting, I think…
Struggling to find ideas? Having trouble finding the words to express your ideas? You’re not alone! Check out Writer’s Block Therapy for cathartic memes and tweets!
If you publish your own response to this prompt somewhere on the interwebs, please share it with me by linking to it in the comments below! Just make sure to check out the Ten Commandments of Digital Citizenship before creating your own blog or YouTube channel. Safety comes first!
Tune in next week for a new writing prompt!