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Writers’ Dash: February 2015

Published on Monday, February 2, 2015 by

Morning Dash

1. Ethereal 2. Doleful 3. Sardonic 4. Tactile 5. Decadent
6. Clandestine 7. ———- 8. ———- 9. Gothic 10. Cornucopia
11. Savant 12. Feckless 13. Diminutive 14. ———- 15. ———-
16. Duplicitious 17. Placate 18. Myopic 19. Nexus 20. Lucid
21. ———- 22. ———- 23. Coltish 24. Bolshie 25. Enigmatic
26. Weeping-ripe 27. Hacksawed 28. ———- 29. ———- 30. ———-
31. ———-

Evening Dash

1. Aplomb 2. Glower 3. Ghoulish 4. Boorish 5. Machinate
6. Jabber 7. ———- 8. ———- 9. Prey 10. Pragmatic
11. Fathom 12. Thaw 13. Mercurial 14. ———- 15. ———-
16. Synergy 17. Dynasty 18. Rapture 19. Fell 20. Paint
21. ———- 22. ———- 23. Space 24. ———- 25. ———-
26. Greed 27. Abandon 28. ———- 29. ———- 30. ———-
31. ———-


I found #writersdash on Twitter, what is it?

The Writers’ Dash (#writersdash on Twitter) is a 15-minute free writing exercise held on Twitter, Facebook and Second Life® every weekday. At 5:30am & 5:30pm PDT we share the word prompt on our social media channels; the live event begins in Second Life® at 6am & 6pm PDT. Write whatever comes to you. Don’t fixate too heavily on what you are writing and disengage your inner editor – the key is to get the words on the page first; you can worry about editing later. If you are attending the live event in Second Life® there will be an opportunity for you to show your work to the other participants after the 15 minutes are up. If you are unable to attend the live event you can share your work on our blog. Just look out for the prompt post and leave your dash piece as a comment.

What’s the 500 Word Snatch?

It’s easy to feel despondent when you consider the effort required to produce a full length novel, especially when you have so little time.

The truth is you can make a long story short by taking small disciplined steps every day, instead of sitting idly by waiting for inspiration to strike. As Jack London said,  “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

Your challenge is to write 500 words a day for 365 days, come rain or shine – if you’ve completed the NaNoWriMo challenge you’ll find this one very easy. The 500 Word Snatch (#500WS) is perfect if you have a long-term goal, or need sustained support and encouragement.

Of course, you’re not confined to writing a novel, you can use the challenge for many different writing forms; outlining, a daily blog, a book of poems, short fiction, non-fiction or even revision; we don’t care what you write, as long as you write. This is an exercise in disciplined creativity. Please use the Writers’ Dash prompts as a starting point.

For more details, including free resources and online meet times, visit the 500 Word Snatch page.

About Virtual Writers

Virtual Writers is a free online writers’ community first established in 2007 and committed to showcasing established and emerging writers in a range of interactive and immersive environments. Here we learn to experiment with digital, social and virtual world platforms to push the creative envelope and develop a strong, unique voice.

We host online writing events, workshops and interactive readings and provide a wealth of opportunities for writers to meet and share resources.

If you want to become involved in an active writing community then visit us on Second Life® or our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, & Goodreads) and get interactive.

Whether you are dashing in Second Life®, on Twitter or Facebook we welcome your dashes in the comment section below.

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One Response
    • Evening Dash – 2/11/15 – “Fathom”

      “Well, I’ll be…Chuckles! Hey man…how ya been doin’?
      “Hey Griff! Long time, no see. How’s things, guy? How’s …uh Beebee… you guys still hangin’ out?”
      “Nah…she split a long time ago…headed out west…”
      “Aww, sorry man…”
      “Ha…ain’t nuthin’ but a thing, ya know?”
      “Anyway, you’re lookin’ good… and, hey!…is that a new car? Is it yours?”
      “Haha…yep, it’s mine…”
      “Never seen one of those before…what is it?”
      “It’s a Mitsubishi Fathom.”
      “ A what? A Fathom? Whassa fathom?”
      “It’s this car, dude,”
      “Yeah, I know but I’m wonderin’ why they call it that. Them folks are always namin’ cars strange things.”
      “I have no ideal man, but it’s pretty cool…it’s got…”
      “Ya know I was thinkin that I could do a job like that.”
      “A job like what?’
      “You know – makin’ up names for cars.”
      “Yeah? What would you call ‘em?”
      “Well, I mean like I think there should be a Honda Spit…”
      “What? That’s crazy…nobody would buy a car named spit.”
      “Really? How do ya know?”
      “Shoot…that’s gross. People like normal names.”
      “I bet J-Boy would buy one…”
      “Ha ha…yer right, I bet he would…”
      “Or how ‘bout a Toyota Scab? That’s a good one…them union guys would probably go for that.”
      “Weeeeell…Don’t know about that one either, bud. Hey look, man, nice seein’ ya again, but I gotta run. Take care, hear?”
      “Yeah…you too, guy…have a good one!”

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