March 06, 2005

A Challenge to you, and to myself

As of March 06, 2005, I have exactly 1 week of Spring Break. I am challenging you, the students and Dr. Jerz, to help me in my challenege.

My challenge for myself, is to get at least 25 double-spaced handwritten pages written by the March 13, 2005. That's an average of 3.57 pages a day including today. A worthy challenge. The reason: I simply want to see if I can 25 pages of a book done by the end of spring break.

Now as many of you know I am a horror fan, but I want to try something different. Heres where you come in...

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to give me the following:

The names of characters (as well as their sexes please)
a short idea that I can expand upon (dont worry--I'll give FULL credit if the idea is successful)
maybe the name of a made-up town that's in PA, or any other state.

It can be anything, but I'd prefer a romance.

Good luck to all of us.

I'll blog to keep posted on ideas and if my own personal ideas have worked.

Ciao

Lou

Posted by lougagliardi at March 6, 2005 11:04 AM | TrackBack
Comments

Hey, I didn't say they had to fall in love, now did I? ;c)

Posted by: moira at March 6, 2005 07:22 PM

I'm great at coming up with names. Just tell me what you need and I'll help. Odd ones? Normal? Between the two?

Posted by: Nessa at March 6, 2005 04:02 PM

I will Moira..but romances arent just Guy A meets Girl A and falls immidately in love.

But thank you for the wonderful placename suggestions.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at March 6, 2005 02:58 PM

If you want, you can use the fictional town in PA that I use sometimes in my stories - Double Dirt, PA (haha) Or you could use Lowber, PA (which actually might be a real place... hmm).

And a story idea? Hmm... A romance? I'm not much good with the romance but how about...

okay, a guy from somewhere else (where? you tell me) gets lost on one of those windy back country roads that are so common around here and his car breaks down. His cell phone gets no reception. He walks to the nearest house and knocks. A woman answers the door. Who is she? Where was he going? etc.

good luck! make sure to blog some samples! :c)

Posted by: moira at March 6, 2005 02:48 PM

Thank you for the insight and the luck, Dr. Jerz.

I appreciate the help and the advice. Yes it is a worthy goal, one that I hope to accomplish.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at March 6, 2005 01:59 PM

A worthy goal, Lou! Good luck.

I'm never much good at coming up with names... my wife supplied some of the best names for my most recent serious creative writing effort (which was actually a text adventure game).

Dickens and Restoration comedies are sources of great names... in a novel we'll read in the next half of the course, a man's name is "Hackworth" -- he's a hacker in a neo-Victorian society. I really like that name. Of course, it can also be fun to give a character the "wrong" name (consider "Meet the Fockers").

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at March 6, 2005 01:27 PM
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