I’ve been trying to get back onto some sort of schedule and this is my next step. The first Saturday of the month is supposed to be a challenge regarding that month.
That means we’re writing about October. Anything to do with October be it something historical or any holiday/celebration in the month including birthdays and anniversaries.
I rarely put up a SatWE challenge dealing with a specific holiday and I won’t do it for Halloween so, if you want to write a Halloween story, this is the time to do it.
This Week’s Challenge:
Using prose or poetry, write something (fiction, nonfiction, or essay) about the month of October. If nothing else, write a story or poem and just include the word October in it somewhere.
You can try this site for a list of some of the holidays and celebrations in October.
We know that octo is a prefix meaning eight but October is not the eighth month of the year. Why is it called October? This has been done in previous years, but I’m always looking for new interpretations of the concept.
For the second or third year, I’ll mention that it would be neat if someone would write a spoof of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
Watch Out For:
Once again, there are not a lot of things you can do wrong as long as you mention October in your post.
I’m a bit slow this week and it took some time for me to catch on. I was impressed with the number or responses but somewhat disappointed that some of you didn’t do what I asked. Then it finally dawned on me -- this was a planned instance of “civil disobedience,” right? Several of you colluded to err purposely just to see what I’d say.
Kidding aside, the content of the responses is tremendous and you really need to check out each of the following.
Autum - SATWE, Gather Writing Essentials by Elsie Duggan
Book Review (Saturday Writing Essential) by Veronica Hosking
Do You Like Autumn? (Saturday Writing Essential) by Michael Fishman
La Niña Perdida (Saturday Writing Essential) by sarah leanne
Living La Vida Loca (Saturday Writing Essential) by Barb Carlson
Weekly reminder: Don't forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida's article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.
- Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.
Challenge: Using prose or poetry, write something (fiction, nonfiction, or essay) about the month of October. If nothing else, write a story or poem and just include the word October in it somewhere.
- There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
- Post to Gather Writing Essential.
- Tag your submission with SatWE.
- Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
- I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.