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Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Writing Challenge, Parisian Addition

Happy Monday, people! Bojour, mes amis!
This is a very special week for me; I’m in France, with one of my best friends, the fabulous Elizabeth Miles, who recently sold a YA paranormal horror trilogy to Simon Pulse (check my interview with her here). We’re both happily ensconced in Paris, buried under mounds of paper and books, and plugging away at our respective projects.
I’ve always loved writing in Paris. It’s kind of a cliché but you know what? It’s a cliché for good reason. Paris is so old and beautiful, and so steeped in literary tradition, that it just breathes with good stories. Plus, they pretty much invented the whole scribbling-away-in-cafes thing, so a lot of American coffee houses owe a debt of gratitude to the good old Francais.
Check out the pic below (snapped five seconds ago on my good old cell phone), of E and I parked at our lovely dining room table, typing away. Great way to start the day...

So E-beth and I are feeling totally inspired by Paris, and we want YOU to be inspired, too. Today’s writing assignment is to work from the following prompt to generate a 200-300 word novel or story opening. The prompt is:
“We hadn’t seen each other since Paris, almost two years ago.”
Now obviously the we suggests two people—or more than two people—and because Paris is the city of love, some of you might want to take your story in a romantic direction. But I encourage you also to think outside the box: to parents, siblings, ex-best-friends, support groups, travel groups, whatever!
As always, send your responses to my gmail account, and I'll be completing the assignment too!

Until then...a bientot, escargots!


Caroline Starr Rose said...

What a great experience! Enjoy.

Kathryn Rose said...

Wow, you're writing in Paris??? *sigh*... I miss France. Enjoy the literary inspiration in the air! A bientot!

Unknown said...

Hello Lauren.

My name is Livia, and I am manager of a literary blog in Brazil (http://www.leiturinhas.com) and would like to have a copy of "Before I Fall" to the review and post to my brazilian readers.

I have not heard rights had already been acquired by some Brazilian publisher and would a great honor to help bring him to Brazil.

Thanks in advance.

Lívia Martins

Steph said...

Ohh This one sounds fun!!!

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