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[Writing Game] Word of the Week! 1 prompt, 1 week, 1,000 words [UPDATED 1/27/16]
Come on down and welcome to the Word of the Week thread! When I write, you write, we write.
The Word of the Week is a game thread open to anyone and everyone on the forums, whether you're a veteran writer or just dipping your toes in these waters. The point of the game is to get some experience writing a story every week, get some experience critiquing other people's stories, and to have fun. That's the long and short of it.
How it's played:
Every WEDNESDAY, I'm going to post a random word from dictionary.com's Word of the Day selection, along with its definition. You'll have until TUESDAY to write a short story based on that word! It can be based as loosely or as rigidly around the word as you like, but the word has to be involved somehow.
Your stories should be around 800 to 1,200 words. That's not a hard and fast rule of any kind, but it should be a good guideline to go by.
If you're playing the game and writing stories, you'll be expected to offer at least one critique for the week as well! You can start leaving feedback for people any time during the submission window and/or after it. Just please be courteous and do critique for others, as it's how we all improve! If you're a little nervous about critiquing, I'd suggest taking a peek at the thread @Quoth has set up all about it.
Have fun! these kinds of exercises are a great way to improve your writing and try out new things (new genres! new POVs!) while still having fun, so shake it up, dust it off, and see what comes out.
Now, onto the very first...
WORD OF THE WEEK!
The word for the week of TUESDAY, JULY 13th, 2015, is:
Definitions for foison Archaic. abundance; plenty. Archaic. abundant harvest.
SIDEREAL adjective [sahy-deer-ee-uh l]
Determined by or from the stars.
Astronomy. determined by or from the stars: sidereal time.
Astronomy. of or pertaining to the stars.
Accouterment noun[uh-koo-ter-muh nt]
Personal clothing, accessories, etc.
personal clothing, accessories, etc.
the equipment, excluding weapons and clothing, of a soldier.
ARGONAUT noun [ahr-guh-nawt, -not]
A person in quest for something dangerous but rewarding; adventurer.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a person in quest of something dangerous but rewarding; adventurer.
(initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. A member of the band of men who sailed to Colchis with Jason in the ship Argo in search of the Golden Fleece.
MONDEGREEN noun [mon-di-green]
A misinterpretation of a word or phrase that has been heard, especially a song lyric.
HELIOLATRY noun [hee-lee-ol-uh-tree]
Worship of the sun.
Lachrymose adjective [lak-ruh-mos]
Given to shedding tears readily; tearful.
Suggestive of or tending to cause tears; mournful.
Nonsense; utter foolishness
ANOMIA noun [uh-noh-mee-uh]
1.Medicine/Medical. the inability to name objects or to recognize the written or spoken names of objects.
Flummox verb [flum-uh ks]
1. Informal. to bewilder; confound; confuse.
Cognoscenti noun [kon-yuh-shen-tee, kog-nuh]
1. persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, especially in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.
DITHYRAMB noun [dith-uh-ram, -ramb]
1. any wildly enthusiastic speech or writing
2. a Greek choral song or chant of vehement or wild character and of usually irregular form, originally in honor of Dionysus or Bacchus.
1. Psychiatry. an abnormal fear of being buried alive.
SHIBBOLETH noun | SHIB-uh-luth
1 : catchword, slogan
2 : a widely held belief or truism
3 : a custom or usage regarded as distinctive of a particular group
Bellweather noun [bel-weth-er]
Definitions for bellwether
a person or thing that shows the existence or direction of a trend; index.
a wether or other male sheep that leads the flock, usually bearing a bell.
a person or thing that assumes the leadership or forefront, as of a profession or industry: Paris is a bellwether of the fashion industry.
EXPATIATE verb | ek-SPAY-shee-ayt
1 : to move about freely or at will : wander
2 : to speak or write at length or in detail
The WORD OF THE WEEK for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27th is...
Zeugma noun | ZOOG-muh
The use of a word to modify or govern two or more words in such a way that it applies to each in a different sense or makes sense with only one (as in "opened the door and her heart to the homeless boy")