Writing 101, Day Thirteen: Serial Killer II

Earlier in the course, you wrote about losing something. Today, write about finding something. For your twist, view day four’s post and today’s post as installments in a series.

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On day four, you wrote a post about losing something. Today, write about finding something.

Tell us about the time you retrieved your favorite t-shirt from your ex. Or when you accidentally stumbled upon your fifth-grade journal in your parents’ attic. Or how about the moment you found out the truth about a person whose history or real nature you thought you’d figured out. Interpret this theme of “finding something” however you see fit.

Today’s twist: if you wrote day four’s post as the first in a series, use this one as the second installment — loosely defined.

You could pick up the action where you stopped, or jump backward or forward in time. You might write about the same topic, but use a different style, or use the same style to tackle a neighboring topic.

Not sure how to approach continuity? Here’s a time-tested tip: pick a favorite book or two. Read the last page of chapter one, then the first page of chapter two. How did the author choose to connect these two separate-but-connected narrative units?

We’d like to stress, though, that the idea behind today’s assignment isn’t necessarily to write “chapter two” of a neat, predetermined sequence — though you could do that, too, of course — but to think more intently about the idea of continuity and designing long-term writing projects.

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    1. The assignment title was a bit of a wordplay, since this post, along with Day 4, form a sort of a “serial,” a recurring or multi-part story. You’re by no means required to write about serial killers! 🙂


    1. I’m really glad the assignment inspired such a solid post!
      Incidentally, I felt the exact same way when, at age 17, I started wearing glasses for the first time. I’ve refused to even try eye lenses ever since.


  1. This post is the continuation of both day 4 and day 12.
    In day four, I wrote about losing oneself through suffering Alzheimer’s or dementia, and yesterday, I wrote about a person who returns to her childhood home in search of something she left there.
    This post is about finding yourself… and something you were looking for to help you through the process…


      1. I will continue it for part three of the challenge which should be enough to conclude it 🙂 thanks for reading and the feedback