For our final assignment, tell the tale of your most-prized possession. If you’re up for a twist, go long — experiment with longform and push yourself to write more than usual.
Tell us the story of your most-prized possession.
It’s the final day of the challenge already?! Let’s make sure we end it with a bang — or, in our case, with some furious collective tapping on our keyboards. For this final assignment, lead us through the history of an object that bears a special meaning to you.
A family heirloom, a flea market find, a childhood memento — all are fair game. What matters is that, through your writing, you breathe life into that object, moving your readers enough to understand its value.
Today’s twist: We extolled the virtues of brevity back on day five, but now, let’s jump to the other side of the spectrum and turn to longform writing. Let’s celebrate the drawn-out, slowly cooked, wide-shot narrative.
How long is long? That’s entirely up to you to decide. You can go with a set number — 750, 1000, or 2000 words, or more (or less!). Alternatively, you could choose your longest post thus far in the challenge, and raise the bar by, say, 300 words, 20 percent, three paragraphs — whatever works for you.
Of course, we won’t just throw this assignment at you and run away. First, to give you time to mull things over, your assignment will be due on Monday, June 30. This will give you time to brainstorm, write notes if you’d like, and read other longer pieces for inspiration. For example, you could visit the Longreads topic page in the WordPress.com Reader, or dive into one of the excellent picks on Longreads.com.
If you’re interested in tips on formatting longer posts on your blog, we have all the info you need. More writing inspiration? Check out this great collection of pieces on writing longform prose by notable authors like Truman Capote, Guy Talese, and Katherine Boo.
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