I have had the utmost privilege to be part of an online community of writers at Trifecta Writing Challenge www.trifectawritingchallenge.com. There are weekday and weekend challenges where one is prompted from either a dictionary definition, quote, or an image to write on. I have found these challenges "challenging", but I have grown more from these challenges so that it really isn't a challenge! Also, the sun never sets on my empire, so I have accommodated these challenges, as well as my own writings into two blogs, where I constantly "switch it up" when figuring out what to write! (That said, hopefully a variant, if not the same info will be at the other blog too!)
I don't have a fixed time to write, and I even come and go with Trifecta, but I have gone back and read my Trifecta posts from time to time--and am amazed at what I have created! I have also decided that it is now time for this wandering Trifectan to add her "prompted" story to its wonderful community page!
Thank You Trifecta!
1. What is your name (real or otherwise)?: Maya Bahl
2. Describe your writing style in three words: Real, Passionate, and Changing
3. How long have you been writing online?: About 6 years.
4. Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in: I have participated in Scriptic, 100 Words, and The Lightning Bug all at different times, but I am seeing that I can only keep up with 1 writing site at a time!
5. Describe one way in which you could improve your writing: Getting feedback from others, from them either physically telling me, or just reading their work.
6. What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given: Though in academic writing, I was told to avoid contractions, such as don't and won't, and instead use do not and would or will not.
7. Who is your favorite author?: Tie between Charlotte Bronte and (Chuckie) Dickens!
8. How do you make time to write?: TBD task, I must say, I could never keep a diary/journal! I am extremely spontaneous and have just written whenever I have felt like it!
9. Give us one word we should consider using as a prompt. Remember--it must have a third definition:
From Merriam Webster, "Bathos" and its 3 definition is an "insincere or overly done pathos."
For English Learners (and others), Bathos is the sudden appearance of a silly idea or event in a book, movie discussion, etc., that is serious in tone.
The example that is given is "The serious message of the film is ruined by the bathos of its ridiculous ending."
10. Direct us to one blog post of yours that we shouldn't miss reading: