Writing Exercises

Author Aerobics: Something Old Challenge

Want to join in? Here’s this week’s Author Aerobics challenge. Answers to the challenge will be posted on Friday. If you use this writing prompt, post a link to your entry in the comments below, and I’ll update this post with links to yours. Everyone’s welcome!


Something Old – Something New

There’s something lurking in your drawers, or infecting your old files. The haunting memory of stories written by fingers past. Maybe you haven’t looked at those old bits of writing in a while. Maybe the writing is terrible, or maybe it’s better than you thought it was?

We all should be improving with time and practice. Can the story be salvaged now that you’ve honed your skills?

This week’s challenge: Find a short piece of writing, or select an excerpt of a longer piece, at least a year or more old. Either edit it, and breathe some new life into it, or post it in the story’s original state so we can celebrate how far you’ve come.


and in other exciting news…

Announcing the launch of Serial Central!

It’s a joint site where you can read 7 serial stories, 7 days a week starting August 23rd. If you’ve been around this blog for a while you may see some familiar names and some new names: Barb, Seph, Lua, Miss. Rosemary, Janna, Leigh. My contribution will be a paranormal / dark fantasy serial.

Here’s the site for you to preview: Serial Central

Stories coming August 23! Hope you check it out next Monday!


This week’s Author Aerobics’s Participants:

16 Comments

  1. You are a sneaky devil and this will be the easiest one to perform. I have something that is short enough and old enough to post. ALSO, it hasn’t got an ounce of speculative elements in it. It is a vignette based in the bus. 😛 I bet you are excited.

    PS: Congrats. I already have you in the Reader. 🙂

  2. Hmm….

    I’ll have to dig around and see if I have an electronic copy of the old story I’m thinking of… I’ve been thinking for a long time of updating it… But ultimately stalled because I decided the story, even if I write it well, is not suitable for publication. But maybe the blog is a good place to air it out, if it still exists…

      1. It’s made me nervous, sometimes, posting those old, awful stories. But it tells a story: of where I’ve been and where I’m going on this writing journey.

        If I do find the old story I’m thinking of (I actually have remarkably few old stories laying around, because most of my writing time was always spent on my novel), I’ll probably post both versions in a kind of Before & After comparison… since I plan to write an update.

      2. Hmm, well, I found the story in question, but… a) it’ll need a lot more TLC than even I was realizing and b) I’m not sure I have the time to give it what it deserves…

        So, I may not be able to participate this week… but I do think I’ll bring this story out to see the light of day at some point.

      3. Oh sure, I have some stuff, but this was the most prominent. I have a couple of unproductive periods, though – one from about 2004 to late 2006 and one from 2007 to mid 2009. Everything from before the first unproductive period was utterly bad (and in need of aforementioned TLC) and everything in the second is only so-so. Apparently, I improved in my writing abilities somewhat during the two unproductive periods.

        Right now the issue is time more than anything else. I may be out of school for a few weeks, but work is getting more time-consuming (such that lunchbreaks are no longer reliably productive periods), I don’t have the half-hour before class that I had while in school, and my free time away from work I’m really needing to spend elsewise at the moment (vis-a-vis my impending graduation in 9 months and needing to find justification for about 60-grand in debt). The latter is the subject of much discussion. Accordingly… I may possibly be on the cusp of another unproductive period… though hopefully this one, if it does come, lasts not so long.

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