We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end, we’re all storytellers. Creative Writing Challenges are here to…
We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end, we’re all storytellers. Creative Writing Challenges are here to help you push your writing boundaries and explore new ideas, subjects, and writing styles.
To participate, tag your post with DPchallenge and include a link to this post, to generate a pingback and help others find the challenges. Please make sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge. We might just highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed on Friday, and in our quarterly newsletter.
Dr. Who. Quantum Leap. The Time Tunnel. Why does every generation create its own dorky version of time travel? (No, of course we haven’t forgotten Harry Potter’s beloved Time-Turner!) It’s no accident, of course. Our imaginations simply compensate for something we can’t change: time is irreversible.
Until this week’s writing challenge, that is.
We’re giving you a free ticket to the period and place of your choice: where do you go? Do you stay where you are, or venture somewhere far away? Do you go all the way back to prehistoric times, or relive a fun moment you just had last year?
For me, I’ve come up with different answers to these questions over the years. I sometimes think I’d pick France in 1789 (hello, Revolution!) or Peru in 1525, just before the fall of the Inca Empire. Other times I keep it closer to home, imagining a trip to 19th-century Poland or Palestine, to say hello to some ancestors I never got to meet (grandfather paradox, shmaradox).
Right this second I’d go with three days ago, the last time I got a good night’s sleep. Thanks, parenthood.
In your posts, feel free to make this challenge your own, and write in whatever style, format, or genre you wish — including ones that evoke the time you’re traveling to (do provide a translation if you go with Egyptian hieroglyphs, please). Do you need a few more ideas to get you started? Well, you could:
- Be an invisible observer in a major event from the past. Or an active participant — whichever you prefer.
- Write a dialog between you and a person from the past (or a past you, if you wish).
- Use historical or fictional characters to craft an alternative history.
- Let bygones be bygones, and just travel into the future — just don’t forget to come back to tell us how it was.
I can’t wait to see where your (time) travels take you.