Happy 4th of July, everyone!
Ahh, Independance Day. The fireworks. Parades. Proud veterans waving flags. Sweaty, sunburned kids running around with sparklers. Hot dogs. Hamburgers. Family barbeques. So many wonderful elements to use for the setting of a story.
So for today’s challenge . . . or maybe I should say tomorrow’s challenge, because I hope everyone is enjoying time with their family today . . . we’re going to honor our great nation by using Independance Day as the setting for a short scene that kicks off a story. But I want you to concentrate on making the scene sparkle by using an active voice rather than just presenting the landscape with a passive voice.
For example, don’t say:
A plate of hot dogs was set on the table.
Timmy’s mouth watered when his mother set a plate of hot dogs on the table.
Or for a parade setting, don’t say:
The sidewalks were crowded.
Snore! How about:
Sweaty kids zigzagged down the crowded sidewalk like frenzied rats in a maze.
So for this challenge, first make a list of short, passive sentences that describe your 4th of July setting. Then, take each sentence and rework them into a paragraph using an active, colorful voice that really sets the scene and draws the reader into your story!
And for our illustrator friends, here’s your challenge from Susan Detwiler, our lovely regional illustrator coordinator:
Depict an object or scene and use color and lighting to set the emotional mood.
Happy writing and drawing, everyone! 🙂
keyboard and let me think! You have now been warned!