Writing 101, Day Thirteen: Serial Killer II

Earlier in the course, you wrote about losing something. Today, write about finding something. For your twist, view day four’s post and today’s post as installments in a series.

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On day four, you wrote a post about losing something. Today, write about finding something.

Tell us about the time you retrieved your favorite t-shirt from your ex. Or when you accidentally stumbled upon your fifth-grade journal in your parents’ attic. Or how about the moment you found out the truth about a person whose history or real nature you thought you’d figured out. Interpret this theme of “finding something” however you see fit.

Today’s twist: if you wrote day four’s post as the first in a series, use this one as the second installment — loosely defined.

You could pick up the action where you stopped, or jump backward or forward in time. You might write about the same topic, but use a different style, or use the same style to tackle a neighboring topic.

Not sure how to approach continuity? Here’s a time-tested tip: pick a favorite book or two. Read the last page of chapter one, then the first page of chapter two. How did the author choose to connect these two separate-but-connected narrative units?

We’d like to stress, though, that the idea behind today’s assignment isn’t necessarily to write “chapter two” of a neat, predetermined sequence — though you could do that, too, of course — but to think more intently about the idea of continuity and designing long-term writing projects.

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  1. Here’s my take on Day 13, a few more pages from the novel I started years ago. Thanks to these writing exercises and a few other classes I’ve taken in between I know I have a lot of work to do on this. I need to go back to the beginning and revise the intro and then work on chapters for each of the family members. Any thoughts, recommendations, comments, etc, etc, would be greatly appreciated.

    Happy writing and now I have to get some school work done on my Criminal Justice classes :)


  2. I combined my day 2 and day-4 (serial killer 1) prompts into a short story. Now I am going to continue it to a second part for the day 13 prompt :D I might not be able to finish it today but it will come out sooner or later! Love this challenge….

    Here was my part 1 in case someone wants to read. I’d better run on and start the second part now. Happy writing fellow bloggers:)

    Part 2 coming soon!


  3. I can get excited about this one — I previously wrote about finding my son’s shoes and now I’ve found them! I will say, I’m not sure how I’ll tie a third post in, though.