Hey, where are all my writers out there??
I’m creating a brand new tag called the Abstract Word Challenge.
A while back I did a writing exercise that asked me to take an abstract word and make it concrete.
An abstract word would be one that has no tangible definition, such as “good,” “bad,” “happy,” “patriotic,” etc. They mean different things to different people. A concrete word is the opposite, one that has a specific definition- something unmistakable.
What I attempted to do with this poem was to take the word “innocent,” which has different meanings to different people (some people might think of a child, a virgin, an animal, etc.) and make my meaning as clear as possible.
Here are the Abstract Word Challenge rules:
- Put the featured image and the rules in your post (if you’d like to add the pins as well, that may be helpful!)
- Explain the concept of abstract and concrete words (you can copy/paste mine)
- Choose an abstract word and write a poem or short story to make it feel concrete
- Link to the blogger who nominated you for the challenge
- Tag at least five other writers to give it a try
I am finding writers to tag on my Facebook blogging groups, and will update this post with their blog names and links. Also, at the bottom of this page, you will find helpful photos that you can pin to Pinterest! There is a list of abstract words and a writing prompt that will link back to this page so writers always have an example to go by.
Here’s my shot at it:
Getting inside a new box of crayons.
A boy picks them up
and creates a pretty picture.
Another just wants
to rip off the paper;
expose the smooth flesh
He leaves careless marks;
writes things he doesn’t mean.
How quickly its point