Wednesday, January 10, 2007

HEAD RUSH: Writing Assignment

The assignment was to write a story under seven hundred words about unrequited love. It had to be from the opposite gender's perspective and told in first person. Also, the narrator had to have some deformity, imagined or otherwise. It had to be entitled Head Rush.

Below are the links of the brave souls who have taken on this challenge. Please go to their blogs, read their works, and comment. If you offer critique, please remember to give it in a positive fashion. I will add more links below as I receive them.

This assignment's participants:

*Donkey Blog gives us a carnal taste of surrender

*JR give us a staccato beat to follow in a brilliant voice

*SQT's story has the words "I shouldn't have gone off my meds.." in it. That can't be good.

*Christine Rundell writes about teen angst

*Lucas Pederson has written a disturbing, violent story of obssession.

*Me? I wrote something about a woman too beautiful.

*Brad, a new member of the Chesterfield group has given us this gem:

*I am an enormous fan of Sue Miller's work. Here is her take on Head Rush.


JR's Thumbprints said...

Well Stewart, I've read them all. It's nice to see the different approaches to this assignment and how eah writer chose to deal with the main character's deformity. With a 700-word limit, there's not much room for making a crucial decision: should the writer start off by describing the deformity, or should it be revealed near the end, or perhaps not at all? Good job by all!

Stewart Sternberg said...

I posted this late last night and only had a chance to skim them. Today I will go back and read them all, leaving comment. I am glad to hear that, in your opinion, the assignments worked well, JR. The word limit is great for forcing people to be economical with word choice. Also, you're right about the deformity. I chose not to not make one mention of the deformity, which obviously wasn't an obvious one to start. Maybe the next assignment should be told from the POV of the deformity?

DonkeyBlog said...

That'd be cruel, Mr Sternberg - might take a bit of thinking about, I'd say!

Danny Tagalog said...

Hi Stewart,

Cheers for saying hello! Something related to what you posted would be very interesting.

Wish I could join in with the creative party here - but academic pursuits have tied me in knots.

Inspiring community here alright!!