Post by Nessa Arandur on Oct 23, 2020 2:38:05 GMT -6
One Word to Rule Them All
Now here's a challenge that will require a little brain work! Not that the others don't, of course, but this one may require a little more research than most.
Your challenge is to find a word - the more uncommon the word or your usage of it, the better - and then find out what you can about its meaning or possible meanings. This word will be your new title. Having said this, there can be exceptions to this rule. For instance, if you choose a word that is very particular to the modern world (like a type of mineral or chemical compound, for example) and you are writing a fantasy plot. In such cases, if you must, you may change the word to something more fitting with the setting, but the meaning of it must still be taken from a word you have found and researched. If you have to do this, make sure you include both words in your post and explain why you made the change.
Using what you now know, write a short (100-word) thumbnail plot based on that word and the meaning you have found or ascribed to it.
Write a scene for this new plot you've created
Post your word, it's definition, and your extract in this thread.
The word "sepulchre" is not super common, but interesting. The dictionary definition me be all one needs to get the ideas flowing. The noun means: "tomb, esp. cut in rock or built in stone or brick". That is the meaning most of us would have seen used in a novel somewhere. My plot could be about a society where the sepulchre is seen as loathsome form of burial, a punishment for the wicked only, not just another way to bury the dead. But there's also a verb form of the same word, meaning: "lay in sepulchre". Using that meaning, perhaps I could make my plot not about what a sepulchre is in this society, but rather who it is that sepulchres the bodies. Perhaps they're actually an evil sect of some kind, or maybe they're a disguised faction who uses the method to smuggle oppressed people out of the country.
The usual use of a word is maybe not as interesting as finding a way to use another meaning, so be as creative as you can! This challenge will not only help you learn the meanings of new words, but help you learn how to use them creatively to form new stories and storylines (a.k.a. plots). Have fun!
Reward: Earn a maximum of 10 Honor Points based on your excerpt's word count.
100 words or less = 10 Easy Points
101-300 words = 10 Medium Points
301-500 words = 10 Hard Points