WEEK 8 CHALLENGE
Imagine your friend tells you on Skype or Zoom that lockdown is boring. Write down 3 lines of dialogue you could say back to them telling your friend 3 positive things they could do in lockdown to cheer themselves up or keep busy.
Dialogue or speech is action caught in words. When characters speak in stories, they are often trying to use their words to do something to another character.
Additional information, advice or suggestions
To get your three lines of dialogue to read like real speech - that someone might actually say - you could record yourself speaking your three lines aloud first and then write down your dialogue exactly how you said it. Try and write down any um’s and er’s and pauses too as that will make your dialogue feel authentic.
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WEEK 7 CHALLENGE
Can you make our taste buds tingle? In 50 words or less, tell us which ingredients you would use in the ultimate Lockdown stew!
Make it as wacky as you like – conjure it from your absolute dreams.
What about Shakespeare’s “eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog …”
Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run riot. Use eggs from chickens that can run one hundred miles per hour.
For an example, download the challenge!
WEEK 6 CHALLENGE
In 50 words or less, write a postcard from your future self to your current self.
Your future self is living in a post lockdown world and wants to send you some words of encouragement, and describe how the world has changed, or not.
Dear Lockdown me,
Don’t worry, all this will pass. I know some days you feel stressed and suffocated, but you’ll get through this. You’re stronger than anything the world can throw at you.
Love, Future me
PS. Post Lockdown, rabbits have taken over the world and we are their slaves.
WEEK 5 CHALLENGE
Write a short observation (50 words or less) of something you have observed of nature from wherever you are, focussing on an animal, plant, or even just the sky – whatever you can see and hear of the natural world is allowed.
The only rule is that it has to be from real life (not TV or a photograph).
As humans ‘lockdown’ to protect themselves from the spread of the Coronavirus, nature all around us opens up in response. Birds suddenly own the skies. Less airplane and traffic noise helps us to hear them better. Foxes and deer enter city and suburban streets. Spring approaches.
WEEK 4 CHALLENGE
Write a 19-syllabile ‘haiku’ inspired by the COVID-19 lockdown.
A haiku is a form of traditional Japanese poetry that consists of 3 lines that do not normally rhyme. Conventionally, a haiku is 17 syllables long (most often arranged 5-7-5) – but these are unconventional times, so for this challenge you must use 19 syllables and invert the traditional structure (so that 5-7-5 becomes 7-5-7).
WEEK 3 CHALLENGE
Create a 50 word tagline for a classic locked room mystery or impossible crime.
A tagline is a short piece of text, usually on the front cover of a book, intended to intrigue a reader.
The locked room mystery is a fiction in which a crime (usually a murder) is committed in circumstances that are seemingly impossible for the perpetrator to commit or certainly evade detection in the course of getting in/out of the crime scene (often a room, a library etc). In other words, the obvious witnesses didn’t witness the crime. Think sleight of hand . . . how on earth did that happen?
WEEK 2 CHALLENGE
Write a proverb that will provide important advice on how to handle the current COVID-19 situation.
A proverb is a short saying that conveys a general truth. They are intended to be able to be applied at any time, to any given person. They work by creating a mental picture that demonstrates the idea, creating this picture can be more effective for getting the idea to stick in people’s memories.
Think about how mental pictures can tell stories and create moods. For example, if you want to tell people to keep calm but not be complacent, you could say “ships travel best in still waters with a steady wind”. Just thinking about that tranquil scene may have the desired effect!
WEEK 1 CHALLENGE
Turn the word LOCKDOWN into an acrostic poem (one line per letter) or an acronym poem (one word per letter). Your poem should relate to your experience of the COVID19 lockdown and be no more than 50 words.
An acrostic poem is made by taking each letter from a starting word in order and using them to begin the lines of the poem.
An acronym is technically a word made up of the first letters of the all different words from a sentence or phrase (for example, Laugh Out Loud or Keep It Simple Stupid). An acronym poem takes the same idea but applies it to a single word.