Summer Blog #3
100 Word Challenge has been a delight to bring to my students over the past two years. Julia Skinner has a developed a wonderful way to promote young writers! Each week a new prompt is given by words or picture and the young writer’s can take off with it however they desire. Sometime descriptive, practicing the use of dialogue, trying a hand at poetry, sharing a personal experience – 100WC opens a window of endless possibility. It really does become a challenge in more ways than one. Yes, a challenge to write in such a way that it would be selected and honored for the weekly Showcase, but also a challenge to limit word count. From what I’ve seen, as my young writers improve in skill, style, and flow, it becomes harder and harder to figure out how to capture thoughts in so few words. Several of my students have bridged one week to the next to continue a story line by ending a week with “to be continued…”. This in itself is another challenge because the future prompts are unknown. If a writer can continue the story line with actually unconnected prompts, that is certainly high creativity at work!
I’ve known about 100WC for Grown Ups but haven’t involved myself with it until now. What am I waiting for? It’s my turn!
So, here it is. The prompt for week #155:
…as time passes…
As time passes I have become more appreciative and thankful for everything that has come my way and even for those things yet to come. I’ve caught reflections into my life from books and movies I’ve seen this summer. One thought that has been profound for me is that one’s past kept quiet remains that way and becomes a loss of learning and self unless shared. Whether painful or joyful, sad or happy, lasting or fleeting, these experiences shared have value. Change always happens but a treasured memory shared remains as an extension of yourself to others.