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22 June 2006 @ 09:15 am
Kiloword: Hidden Treasures  
There's an antique shop on the corner that you wander into one day. It's like waking into a time machine, or your aunt's living room, depending on your point of view. Taking a look to the left, you see a long row of vintage suitcases. In the middle is an old red Samsonite with chrome trim. Straight out of 1950. Curiosity takes hold and you lift it out of its position in line and open it on the floor. It's empty and lined with a cream colored pillowy satin. But you notice it buckles in the corner. A little pulling reveals a hidden glass drinking flask, the design reaffriming the femininity of the prior owner. Who was she? Why did she hide this little flask? What was her drink of choice? Where did she buy the flask in the first place? From one tiny item springs a dozen possible story lines.

Your task is actually a field trip AND writing assignment. You are to go antiquing, preferably in a shop that is just a hair's breath from being a thrift store. Locked glass cases will not help you here. You want a place that will let you explore. Examine pockets. Flip through old books looking for cards and notes. Purses. Cigar boxes. Yes, suitcases. Look for the hidden treasure.

Then, write the story that explains its existance. Or, finding nothing of interest, write the story of the unfound item. This is a full Kiloword assignment, though it could easily be a series of mini-prompts depending on your imagination.
Heather Layne: Writingheatherlayne_n on June 23rd, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
Ummmmm yeah, hi. This is probably a silly question, but I feel as if this is a rather close-knit community which I've sort of stumbled upon, so I'm not sure what the protocol is. Do people post their writing from the prompts in their own journals? How then do they get critique? Do I have to add the community to my friends list to see the locked entries on the comm, or aren't there any? I looked through some past entries here and only saw a few comments here and there, so it doesn't seem like people are linking to their pieces there either. I'm just sort of confused as to how exactly things are run, but, as I'm sure you can tell, I'm not afraid of asking questions for clarification. Let me know when you can!
felician_logicfelician_logic on June 23rd, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
It's a very loose community and people (so far) have opted to use the prompts I post for their own purposes elsewhere, either in their own livejournals or in seperate paper journals. It's currently a tool for creativity.

The older versions of Kiloword involved sharing actual written material in a membership only forum for critque. So I've left that an option here but no one has taken advantage of it yet.

And, even if they did, the community is small, as you can see, and quite passive in nature. So while you are welcome to post work for critique, I can't promise that you'll get the input that you are looking for.

I've tried to keep Kiloword a quality community, which has meant not advertising it in high traffic writing communities. Critique, however, needs numbers to be truly constructive. Kilword hasn't quite found the balance between quality control and a more active membership. But I'm sure over time things while bear out. I'm not in a rush to force the issue. Kiloword will be what it will be.

You are welcome to post work for critique. I would prefer it be a Kiloword related assignment, but that's not a strict requirement. There are a few professional writers on hand (myself included) who might be able to provide you with some helpful critique. And who knows? It may be the beginning of a new direction for the community.

Let me know if I can clear anything else up for you:).