Shapeshifting 13 #79 Kickoff

November 9, 2016

Oh, my lovely Ghoul Friends!

I hope this post finds you in positive spirits. Regardless of your thoughts on the matter in America, know this: No matter what the future holds, love will out.

Love will out!

Love will outlive hate. Love will outshine despair. Love will outlast fear. Love. Will. Out.

There. Now, let’s move forward.

So, let’s talk about writing, shall we? I have had this idea for a story for quite some time, and I’ve started working on it–the idea that I would like to turn into a novel; the idea that I am writing for this year’s NaNoWriMo. However, as I start writing it, I’m considering radically changing my approach. Will my story be better told in third-person perspective as I’m currently writing it, or would it be better told from a first-person account? I sort of like the idea of the latter because I think it will be more interesting, given the material, but my idea requires multiple voices–something I’ve never been confident in writing. I like the idea of having a narrator, but the idea of multiple narrators is something that truly interests me. The summer before my Senior year of high school, my English teacher instructed my class to read two books: Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, and Robert Louis Stevensons’ Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I was extremely excited to read the latter, but was completely unsure about the former. I had never heard of Barbara Kingsolver prior to this. I struggled through the first couple of sections of her book, but it ended up moving me. By the time I made it halfway through the novel, I found myself unable to put it down. The story is told from the perspective of four sisters on a mission trip in the Congo during a time of strife and warfare. While the story was well told, and the ending, in my opinion, was superb, it was the way the story was told that has stuck with me all these years and that has inspired me. The four vastly different voices, especially the one sister named Adah. The concept of telling the story from multiple perspectives seems incredibly interesting to me, but also incredibly challenging. Is it worth it in the long run? Should I refrain from doing this if I’m not confident in my abilities? Is this story even one worth telling? Ghoul friends, do you ever question your own writing like this? What are your thoughts on this matter? Where do you stand on the first-person versus third-person question? Have you read either of the books mentioned previous? What were your thoughts on them? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, and let’s start a conversation!

Before we get to this week’s prompt, here are a few important reminders:

  • On the last Friday of each month, we will celebrate a fellow writer here at Grammar Ghoul Press, in a segment we’re calling “Celebrating the Ghouls”! If you’re interested in being a part of this project, please email tony@grammarghoulpress.com. Check out past celebrations here.
  • Our Lair is currently taking a hiatus, as is our Mutant 750 challenge. Should either one open up, we’ll announce it here!
  • The Shapeshifting 13 goes live every Wednesday at Noon ET. The grid will stay open until Sunday at 8:00 p.m., after which voting will open. Voting ends on Monday at 8:00 p.m., so you get about 24 hours to read and vote for your favorites pieces. Winners will be announced in a separate post on Tuesday at Noon ET. Further details can be found here.

Last week for THE SHAPESHIFTING 13 challenge, you were tasked with creating a story or poem in just 26 words. This week, in exactly 39 words, your challenge is to write a story or poem inspired by and using either form/definition of the the following word(s):

“Brand”

Definition(s):

n.

:a category of products that are all made by a particular company and all have a particular name

: a particular kind or type of something

: a mark that is burned into the skin of an animal (such as a cow) to show who owns the animal

v.

:to put a mark on the skin of (an animal) to show who owns it

: to describe or identify (someone or something) with a word that expresses strong criticism

Retrieved from Merriam-Webster.

 

The General Shapeshifting 13 Rules:

  •  Challenge submissions must be fiction or poetry.
  •    Submissions must be exactly the number of words specified; no more, no less.
  •    Submissions must use the prompt as directed.
  •    Submissions should be written in response to the challenge, so they shouldn’t pre-date the kickoff post.
  •    One submission per person.
  •    Please put lengthy explanations at the end of your post, not at the beginning.
  •    Don’t forget to add the code for the challenge badge to your post.
  •    When voting, you are on the honor to not vote for your own piece.

Now, while you’re getting ready to post those wonderful words, don’t forget to grab the Shapeshifting 13 #79 badge from the right side of the page, and insert it into your post. Remember, you have until Sunday @ 8pm Eastern Time to submit something. Have fun!

Until next time, au revoir, and SHARE THE GEEKDOM!

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