“Transform a piece of advertising so that it has a new message.”
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this prompt, yet found it harder than expected to get the job done.
Working from a stack of old magazines, I searched for a one-page ad with enough text that I could isolate letters to spell a writing-related message. I wanted to focus on the idea of editing—removing everything extraneous to leave only the most essential message.
Ultimately, I wound up with these tiny, nearly related phrases:
“Be concise.” (edited from “concice”)
Not bad. But I’d like to do better. I’ll be scanning magazine ads differently from now on …