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THE SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE: GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Write On! Online is pleased to announce our latest series of contests, designed to encourage you to give those writing muscles a workout. There will be an exercise for both the non-fiction and the fiction-writer … and a winner in each category. Since any exercise can do wonders to get you in writing-shape, I encourage the fiction writers to try the non-fiction exercise and vice versa.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Non-Fiction: Choose someone you see frequently, but do not know very well: your mail carrier, a local store owner, your significant other’s best friend. Spend a few minutes, interview him or her, and write a 300 – 400 word profile. It can be personal or professional. Just take the time to learn something about that person and share it through your writing. This is also a great way to practice interviewing skills and interpersonal communication.

Fiction: Choose someone you see frequently, but do not know very well: a bank teller, the barista at your favorite coffeehouse, your new neighbor. Study this person, and then write a 300 – 400 word character profile based on what you see – or what you think you see. Who is this person? What does the body language tell you? What’s his or her story? Be as conservative or outrageous as you’d like. Just be creative and have fun! This is a wonderful way to create characters for use at a later time.

PRIZES

1st Place: Both winners will receive a medium-length (or 21,000 word) one-reader iScript, and have their stories published on Write On! Online
2nd Place: Both winners will receive a copy of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino, compliments of The Writers Store
3rd Place: Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers by Brigitte A Thompson (Non-Fiction) and Save the Cat!® by Blake Snyder (Fiction)

Submit your 300 – 400 word profile or character study in the body of an email to writeononline@yahoo.com by Wednesday, September 30. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, in the October Write On! Newsletter.

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