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Writers’ Dash & Word Snatch: March 2015

Published on Sunday, March 1, 2015 by

Morning Dash

1. Conflate 2. Brood 3. Cynosure 4. Forensic 5. Leech
6. Azure 7. Time 8. Pop 9. Velvet 10. Pirouette
11. Chrysalis 12. Glove 13. Grimace 14. Watching 15. Rancid
16. Shrill 17. Anemone 18. Augur 19. Thaumaturge 20. Blast
21. Crater 22. Frozen 23. Peel 24. Faint 25. Eiderdown
26. Tin can 27. Dust 28. Pigsney 29. Lie 30. Demesne
31. Crestfallen

Evening Dash

1. Peacock 2. Railbird 3. Catchpenny 4. Pebble 5. Jade
6. Seashell 7. Dowie 8. Tiffin 9. Galoot 10. Tooth
11. History 12. Laugh 13. Dapper 14. Footloose 15. Gobble
16. Boogie 17. Turquoise 18. Desideratum 19. Science 20. Brain
21. Flutter 22. Virginal 23. Trace 24. Juice 25. Plug
26. Doggo 27. Abandon 28. Road Trip 29. Urge 30. Glaze
31. DNA


I found #writersdash on Twitter, what is it?

The Writers’ Dash (#writersdash on Twitter) is a 15-minute free writing exercise held on TwitterFacebookand 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 (TwitterFacebook, 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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