November Writing Challenge Posted by yelena on Oct 31, 2011 in language
Do you know that November is a National Novel Writing Month? If yes, then you’ve probably heard of «Нонараймо» [NaNoWriMo], a 30-day challenge that starts on Nov 1st of each year.
Here’s the description:
«Нанораймо-2011 ждёт своих героев, которые готовы… писать литературные произведения фантастической длины в кратчайшие сроки.»
[NaNoWriMo-2011 is awaiting its heroes ready to… write fantastically long novels in the shortest time.]
Coincidentally, writing is a really great way to improve your language skills. You might think writing a whole 50 000-word or longer novel in a foreign language in 30 days is not possible.
Fortunately, this great «анекдот» [joke] comes to mind:.
Объявлен конкурс на самый короткий рассказ. Тема – любовь, но есть четыре условия:
1. в рассказе должна быть упомянута королева;
2. должен быть упомянут бог;
3. чтобы было немного секса;
4. чтобы присутствовала тайна.
Первую премию получил рассказ в одну фразу:
“О, Боже, – воскликнула королева – Я, кажется, беременна и неизвестно от кого!”
[A competition for the shortest short story is announced. The subject is love, but there are also four conditions:
- A story must mention a queen
- God must be mentioned
- There must be a little bit of sex
- There must be some mystery
The winning story was this one-liner: “Good God!, exclaimed the queen. “It seems I am pregnant and don’t know who is the father!”]
So the point is if you only have time or patience for a couple of sentences each day, then that’s what you should do.
That’s why starting November 1st, we will post a word (or several), a phrase or even an unfinished sentence to the Learn Russian Facebook page. «Ваша задача» [Your task] is to write a sentence that uses the given words.
With each new sentence you write, try to weave it into a narrative. If you would like to write more than one sentence, feel free. You can share your sentences with others on our Facebook page. Or you can simply respond with “Done” once you complete each day’s writing in case you prefer to keep your work private.
A note on grammar: Words will be posted in their dictionary form – singular masculine nouns and adjectives; singular, imperfective, normal aspect verbs. Feel free to change gender, tense, aspect, etc to better suit the needs of your creative process. Be liberal with your use of prefixes and suffixes.
A note on format: There are no format or length requirements for this challenge. The only requirement is that you use all the words for that day. You can even craft separate sentences for each word/phrase.
A note on language: The daily words/phrases will be in Russian with no accompanying translation. It is up to you to look up the translation. If several translations are available, you are free to choose whichever one you prefer.
Sounds interesting? If yes, then sharpen your pencils, dust off your dictionaries and get ready to have fun!
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