Monday, April 25, 2011

Writing Prompt: It had been 4 years...

This round's writing prompt is:

It had been 4 years, but still the memory lingered.

And here's something new. Occasionally, just for kicks, I'm going to toss in an extra guideline. This round the extra guideline is no violence. No glocks, no brass knuckles, no cat fights. And so forth. As much as I love the thrill of a gun being pulled (or on Veronica Mars, I was especially fond of the tazer), let's stretch our creativity this time by thinking outside the violent box.

Other than the no violence policy this round, everything is the same. Think of the prompt as the first sentence of a story, then write the next 100 words as you see fit. Entries are due Monday, May 2nd at 11:59pm Kansas City time. (Also known as central time.) You may email them to me by clicking here or at Stephanie(at)GoTeenWriters(dot)com. No attachments, please.

Last Friday, I posted some tips about writing prompts. If you haven't checked that out yet, I'd consider doing so. For other FAQs and prize information click here. One entry per person, please, and must be 25 and under to enter.

A quick word about how judging works. One judge will select the top 20 entries. From those 20, the other judges will select their three favorites.

And our lovely judges this round are:

Christa Allan

A true Southern woman who knows that any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day, Christa is a writer of not your usual Christian Fiction. She weaves stories of unscripted grace and redemption with threads of hope, humor, and heart.
Walking on Broken Glass is her debut novel. Her next novel, Edge of Grace will be released by Abingdon Press in August of 2011. Her essays have been published in The Ultimate Teacher, Cup of Comfort,Chicken Soup for the Coffee Lover’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Divorced Soul.
Christa is the mother of five adult children, a grandmother of three, and a teacher of high school English. She and her husband Ken live in Abita Springs, Louisiana, where they and their three cats enjoy their time playing golf, dreaming about retirement and dodging hurricanes.

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers . Betsy is multi-published through Steeple Hill and has been published inChristian Communicator magazine andPraise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. She has a BA in Christian Communications and regularly freelances for her local newspaper. Betsy is a fireman’s wife, a mommy to a busy toddler, a chocolate-loving author and an avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories. Look for her recently contracted YA novel in January 2012!
Georgiana Daniels is the wife of a super-generous husband, and the mother of a teen and two tots. After graduating with a degree in public relations, she spent several years in the business world, but now has the privilege of staying home and working on the stories she loves. Table for One is her first book. When not writing, she spends her time burning up miles on the treadmill, blogging, and participating in ACFW and RWA.


  1. Thanks Mrs. Morrill! Can't wait to get started. I'm kinda glad we can't write violence this week. It'll be fun to try and write suspense without guns and the like.

    Great prompt!


  2. Thanks Mrs. Morrill that you made it so we can't write violence this prompt. It will be nice to be on even ground for my first prompt.

  3. I never wrote violence, this is great! My brother will be so disappointed.

  4. Well, tell him the violence can rage on next round :)

  5. I like the no violence, though I actually haven't done violence at all in my writing entries yet lol.
    Looking forward to this one! =D

  6. Oh yeah... and when will the top three be posted? =)

  7. I had an idea for a story, but I wasn't sure if it counted as violence. Would a lof of wasps stinging someone be considered violent?

  8. Lol, I didn't even notice until you said something.

    Hmm ... ultimately the judges will be in charge of saying what counts as violent. The original idea was no weapons, but then we thought that might just lead to fists or drownings or something.

    Tone makes a difference here. If there's a mention of wasp stings, that's one thing. If the reader is having to live through each agonizing one ... I don't know. Might feel violent.

  9. Jazmine, do you mean from last round? That list will go up tomorrow morning.

  10. Could you please email (or comment here) me back to let me know that you got my entry. I had a bit of trouble sending it!
    (I call myself Maddy T when I email you)

  11. Yes actually I meant the last round and it is up lol. =) Thanks!

    this round looks exciting! =D

  12. Hmm, this will be fun...I don't think my prompt is violent though it is tragic.

    Happy writing, gals {and guys}!