Wait, The Weekly Knob could be stalked by the Grammar Mafia? -Looks around in panic- To be honest I wasn’t thinking of The Weekly Knob as a publication for flagship stories at all. In my mind it is more exercise for your creative muscles. A literary gym.
I’ve spend a year in a sketch club. Six artist would come together and we’d all pay a model to sit for us, 5 minutes a pose. That’s a very short time for a drawing. Sometimes what we created was brilliant. Sometimes it was awful. But each time you put your pencil to paper your art would improve. I am not even a ‘real’ drawer, I sculpt. But that year helped me enormously with the proportions of my human figures. Any success I have as a visual artist I credit in part to this sketch club. And aside from that it was loads of fun.
That is what I was thinking of when I read the stories inspired by S Lynn Knight’s line about giving writers a prompt like ‘doorknob’. How awesome it would be to have a sketch club for writing. That’s why I suggested a short time span for a deadline. And I think our writers do have fun being challenged like this.
The idea someone would bitch about how our sketches lack polish never occurred to me.