Monday, July 4, 2011

Writing Prompt: I turned on the light

This round's writing prompt is:

I turned on the light, then blinked in disbelief.

Here's the quick facts for those of you who have this system down. If you're new to the writing prompt contest - yay! Welcome! You'll find details below the bios of the lovely judges.

Due date: Monday, July 11th by 11:59pm. Please send me your entry by clicking here or emailing me at Stephanie(at)GoTeenWriters(dot)com.

Lovely judges:

Melanie Dickerson is an award-winning author who earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She has taught in Georgia, Tennessee, Germany and the Eastern European country of Ukraine. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA), she now spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama.

One day a few years ago, I turned to my husband and said, "I don't know if you know this, but I
spend an awful lot of time in my own head." He patted my hand and gave me his this-is-not-news expression. I had just verbalized something my parents, teachers, friends, children, and spouse had known about me for years.

Though I have set aside my career teaching history to high school students in order to homeschool my own kids, my love of history hasn't faded. My favorite books are historical novels and history books, and one of my greatest thrills is stumbling across some obscure historical factoid that makes my imagination leap. I'm continually amazed at how God allows me to use my passion for history, romance, and daydreaming to craft historical romances to entertain readers and glorify Him.

Whenever I'm not following flights of fancy in my fictional world, I'm company bookkeeper for our family lumber business, mother of two terrific teens, wife to a man who is my total opposite and yet my soul-mate, and avid museum patron.

Dina Sleiman writes lyrical stories that dance with light. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts. She was the Overall Winner in the 2009 Touched by Love contest for unpublished authors. Her first novel, Dance of the Dandelion, will release with Whitefire Publishing in 2011. Dina is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. She has recently become an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire as well. Join her as she discovers the unforced rhythms of grace. For more info visit her at


View the prompt as the first sentence of a novel, then write the next 100 words. You're not telling a whole story, just drawing the reader in. For some examples you can click here. If you're confused about what makes a prompt stand out, you can click here for some thoughts on that. If you'd like to know more details, you can click here.

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Hope everyone is enjoying their 4th of July! We're keeping it casual this year - hanging out, grilling, and crossing our fingers that our 3 1/2 year old is over her fear of fireworks.


  1. Stephanie, I have a few ideas for this one and one of te expands on a past entry of mine. Is it ok to recycle an old prompt adding the judges advice?

    Happy fourth everyone!! And hope your little one isnt to afraid of the fireworks, poor thing

  2. Yes, Tonya, that's just fine! And my daughter did very well this year - thanks! Connor, who's almost a year, seemed completely oblivious.