Describe. (A Giveaway.) :: Place (Challenge 1)
Foto isit la. Photo here. (Creole)
Through the barbed wire atop the cinder block wall I glimpsed the faces of a hundred Haitian orphans grinning, sitting under a mango tree. Dust filled the air, my lungs, and my mind. I entered the gate and was met with a wave of yellowed teeth and wiry haired boys. I was grasped and held fiercely in the hands of joy.
The orphanage was simply indescribable. Therefore, the first thing I tried to do when we left was describe it. (Writer. Sue me.) Which brought to mind an idea. A description challenge, to best describe the indescribable. And a giveaway. Here’s how it will work.
1. Practice. The first two challenges will be for you to get comfortable. Describe a place. (That’s not hard.) Then a thing. (Harder, but still doable.) But then you have to
2. Partake in the main event. Describe a person. A living person. In one paragraph. O_o However, if you can do this better than anyone else, you can
3. Win a copy of N.D.Wilson‘s Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl DVD. Mr. Wilson’s writing denies the boundaries of description. He recently released a video for his book, Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl. I am wildly, madly, crazily excited. Here’s why. (Check out the trailer.)
4. Tell other artists. Spread the word. There’s a story to be had, in exchange for words. One paragraph. This is a deal you won’t find elsewhere. So tell people.
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5. Begin now. Leave your entry for the first challenge, “Describe a Place,” in the comments below. You have 48 hours, one paragraph, and the entirety of the English language at your disposal. Go.
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