Welcome to The Scrib Gym, fifth installment. I’ve noticed quite a number of new members signing up lately, so I thought I should revisit the gym instructions. The Scrib Gym is the place Scribophile writers go when they want to work out. This is the place to build muscle. To condition. Much like with real athletes, the gym isn’t The Big Game, but it’s a place to prepare for it.
Below you will find a writing prompt. If the prompt moves you, crank out a piece based on the prompt and post it in the comments section. There are no rules regarding form*. Flash fiction, poems, character sketches, descriptions, anything you want to write is fine. This isn’t about critiques, karma, or publication. It’s about practice and improvement.
Today’s prompt: Water (ocean , river, lake, stream, tall glass of water, rain, ice, hot shower, whatever.)
Good luck. Go!
*You might find it awkward posting excessively long pieces in the comments section, however. A quick comment saying you got something from the prompt might be nice, too!
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT:
I recently started a side business to supplement my income. The basic idea was to become a consultant who would give presentations on-site at businesses to teach their employees how to write more clearly and effectively. I figured that either there was no market for this at all or that, if companies realized how important quality written communication was to their bottom line, then I’d be sitting pretty. While the market for my services remains to be seen, my new venture resulted in an unexpected new product that flung me right into the 21st century.
While planning my new business, I took some time away from fiction and poetry to write a manual to accompany the presentations. Titled Corporate Writing: Sending the Right Message, the manual covers the many elements of business writing: planning, rough drafts, revising, tone, audience, all of the elements that make good writing. Nothing the average Scrib writer is unfamiliar with, but something I thought business people might need to be reminded of. As it turns out, not only was writing non-fiction a chance to exercise a different muscle (we’re still in the gym, after all), but I ended up with a piece of writing that I might be able to sell.
Initially the book was intended to be something of a handout for the presentations. But as I wrote, the manual became longer because there was so much I could cover (aside from the above-mentioned elements, there was also sentence structure, connotation, vocabulary, commas, different types of business correspondence, you name it). I finished the book and realized it was too long to use to use as a handout. That’s when lightning struck (okay, it was more like a summer shower, but still. . .) and I realized I had just written my very first ebook.
I put it on my business website and sent out some e-mails to try to market it. I haven’t sold any yet, but since we’re in The Scrib Gym, I will say it was fun and productive to exercise a different set of muscles. You can read a description of it here. I just wanted to share with all of you my newest, and quite unexpected, experience on this crazy writing journey. Thanks for listening.
I look forward to your contribution to The Scrib Gym.