Friday, March 23, 2012
Dear Trifecta Writing Challenge
Dear Trifecta Writing Challenge,
You are undoubtedly my newest addiction. As if I have time for you! But, seriously, you had me at 33.
I came across a writing community in the blogosphere a few weeks ago. The editors at Trifecta Writing Challenge give out a weekday (Trifecta) one-word challenge and a weekend (Trifextra) challenge. Based on the prompts or instructions given, writers submit their entries by linking their blog posts to Trifecta's site. There, you can read all the brilliant writers' submissions and see the different takes one single word or other such prompts can take on. For detailed instructions, see Trifecta Instructions here.
As its name indicates, Trifecta is enamored with the number 3. Weekday challenges are limited to a word count between 33 and 333, and weekend challenges are limited to exactly 33 words. The weekday word prompts must be taken from the 3rd definition from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Every 3rd weekend, the community votes for the winners of the challenge. The editors like to showcase the 33rd entry on its Facebook Page and on Twitter. Since 3 is my favorite number, I naturally had an attraction to Trifecta even before my addiction began.
Over days, as I read the different responses submitted by other bloggers, I became jittery. It seemed as though words wanted to jump from my fingertips to the screen as well. On a whim, I decided to submit an entry. (By the way, anyone can participate; even people who do not have a blog. Over at Trifecta Anonymous, you can submit entries via email, and they will be linked by the editors for you.) After I submitted two entries in this manner, I decided to create another blog just for prompt-writing. I hesitated linking up to Letters of Muse because I was simply not willing to change the concept of this blog: all posts are letters, and they shall remain that way. My posts are usually much longer than 333 words, so I probably cannot incorporate a prompt-related post here.
Thus, Promptly I Write is born. I invite you to hop over there to see the entries that I have submitted. I know... as if you have time to read any more of my writing. I assure you -- that since I don't have time for this -- they are all short entries. And they are just for fun. So far, my entries are still in my voice (based on my experiences or memories). I have not attempted any fictional writing just yet, but I may give it a try one of these days. Other writers in this community are such experienced fiction writers that I really have much to learn from them.
So what happens when one wins? One gets a lovely Trifecta Winner button for one's blog. It's an honor. Or pretty blog wall decoration. But that is certainly not my reason for joining. Participating in these challenges gets my creative juices flowing. I get to meet kind, talented writers, read their entries, and check out their blogs. Like I said, as if I have time for this. But time I do make at the cost of wearing bags under my eyes.
So, Trifecta Writing Challenge, it has been quite an experience getting to know you. Interestingly, I almost feel as though I'm cheating on Letters of Muse with Promptly I Write, but let's just say that Promptly is a new sibling to Letters (which means my Dear Daughter and Dear Son have somehow gained a couple of non-human siblings; did I mention that I don't have time for this?). You certainly have me hooked, Trifecta!