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Finish the news article #challenge89

Finish the news article #challenge89

Writing challenge #89. Finish the news article


You just read a news article about a woman you happen to know. The article begins: “That was the last time I saw her.”  Finish the article, writing as much or as little as you’d like.

Leave your article here in the comment box, on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtag #challenge89. (And jimeny! I may miss it if you’ve posted it on a blog or on FB where I can’t find it. If that’s so, help me cause I’d like to post them all here at the end of a week.)

Sometimes a Picture is Worth 10K Words – #challenge 88

Sometimes a Picture is Worth 10K Words – #challenge 88

Nancy Hendrickson writing challenge 88

I am just in love with pictures as I am with words.

For this challenge, use any picture you choose and write a ONE WORD story. On Twitter or Instagram use the hashtag #challenge88. I’ll post them here. Please upload your photo to Twitter or Instagram of Facebook so we can all enjoy your story.

(I’m @nhendricksonauthor on Instagram, nhendrickson1 on Twitter)

A Great First Line Needs a Great Second Line – #challenge87

A Great First Line Needs a Great Second Line – #challenge87

Nancy Hendrickson challenges writers to create a great second line

We all know great first lines like these:

  1. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. (A Tale of Two Cities)
  2. Call me Ishmael. (Moby Dick)
  3. Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. (David Copperfield)
  4. Mother died today. (The Stranger)
  5. Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. (Mrs. Dalloway)
  6.  In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. (A Farewell to Arms)
  7. The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. (The Red Badge of Courage)
  8. Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person.  (Back When We Were Grownups)
  9. It was a pleasure to burn. (Fahrenheit 451)
  10. He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. (The Old Man and the Sea)

And I think those great first lines deserve an equally memorable second. So your challenge this week is to write that great second line for any of these 10 examples. It can relate to the book that’s it’s taken from or not. The road is wide and the horizon limitless. Write on!

And if you’re on Twitter or Instagram (I’m @nhendricksonauthor) use the hashtag #challenge87 and I’ll post your sentences here. (and if you don’t have enough room on Twitter, post here using the comments box below).



Tiny Stories – #challenge86

Tiny Stories – #challenge86

Write a tiny story with Nancy Hendrickson

Creative Non-Fiction is one of my favorite magazines. In each issue there’s a selection of “tiny truths”; stories written in 140 characters or less. In honor of CNF, today’s writing challenge is this: Write a story about your childhood in 140 characters or less. If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #challenge86. I’ll post them here. (I’m @nhendricksonauthor on Instagram)

Haiku Time – #challenge85

Haiku Time – #challenge85

Challenge 85 for writers

Using this image as inspiration, write a haiku. Don’t remember the haiku format? It’s 17 syllables in total, 3 lines, 5/7/5. (5 syllables for line 1, 7 syllables for line 2, 5 syllables for line 3). Use the hashtag #challenge85 on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram so I can track you down and add your gem to this post later in the week. Ready, set, GO!

And we have two haiku-ists 🙂

Jessica Macbeth

spring in a bucket
a bicycle made from sky
yellow flowers bloom

Carol Cooper-Taylor

Plants entwined hang on
The cycle of life goes on
What road are we on

and of course I had to give it a go

rusting in the shade
garlands of green hide the pale
ride home, love, ride home