Monday, October 17, 2011

Writing Prompt Contest: The time has come to leave

I love that you guys are so vocal about what you like and dislike on Go Teen Writers. For last round's writing prompt contest, we mixed things up and I supplied the last sentence of your 100 words rather than the first. Many of you told me how much you liked that, so we'll do it again this round. And you can pass your thanks along to Kait Culbertson, who had the idea for trying this.



Here's the sentence your entry must conclude with: The time has come to leave.


Your entries are due by Wednesday, October 26th at 11:59pm, Kansas City time.


Send your 100 words - along with your name and email address - to me by clicking here. Or you can email them to me at Stephanie(at)GoTeenWriters(dot)com. I always send confirmation emails, so if I don't verify receiving your entry within 48 hours, please check with me.


You must be 25 or under to enter. One entry per person per round. 


Remember, the first 100 words are yours to do with as you wish, but your entry must conclude with the above sentence. You're writing this like it's the opening of a novel, which means your goal is to lure the reader into the storyworld. Successful prompts, I've noticed, give us a taste of who the main character is, where we are, and the immediate problem that needs solving.


If you want even more details about Go Teen Writer's prompts, you can find them by clicking here.


Here are our wonderful judges this round:


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 released from 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.



Christa Banister


Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog. For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.





Dina Sleiman

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, was released 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 http://dinasleiman.com/




24 comments:

  1. When I saw the subject line, I got worried. I thought you might be saying the prompt contest was coming to a close!

    I'm glad to hear that's not the case :)

    Jordan

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  2. Ditto, Jordan. Glad I was wrong, too. :-)

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  3. Aww, what a bittersweet prompt. This sentence is exactly what I'm living this week & next week.

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  4. Ooh, cool! Let's see what we can do with this one!

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  5. Sorry about the scare, guys! I enjoy the contests way too much to cancel them :)

    Tonya, how true! I hadn't thought of that.

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  6. Hi Stephanie! This might sound a little strange, but you wouldn't have heard of, or even possibly met, Daniel Schwabauer, would you?

    Book blogger♥

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  7. Book Blogger,

    Kind of. We're apparently in the same writer's group here in Kansas City, although we've yet to be at a meeting at the same time. And I think he knows my in-laws. I don't remember what the connection is exactly, just that they've mentioned him to me before. Why do you ask?

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  8. Well, I'm doing the amazing writing curriculum that he created (called One Year Adventure Novel), and there's a forum for writers that he started to help with the curriculum. I just noticed that you and him were apparently both at the ACFW conference (I think that's what it was called anyway) and just kind of wondered if you might've bumped into each other...

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  9. If at all possible, I think you should try to get more male judges, to even things out...

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  10. This one is actually way harder than I thought it would be.

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  11. Book Blogger, I think our paths are destined to cross in the near future :) I knew he was at ACFW, but we never had a chance to connect.

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  12. Carrie, I would love to have more male judges. It just so happens that many of the writers I know are ladies. Do you have any male authors in mind?

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  13. Becki, I'm sorry it was harder :( That's never my intention.

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  14. And thank you to the very sweet person who emailed me about a typo in Christa Banister's name. All fixed!

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  15. No, I like the challenge, it's just finding something to go with the way it's said. Hey, have you ever considered doing a LAST paragraph prompt? That might be fun. :) Well, I have a manuscript to finish. See ya! :)

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  16. Stephanie
    Do you know any good places for writing inspiration? I want to do Nanowrimo this year but I have no good ideas for a novel and I'm looking for inspiration.

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  17. This looks like fun!:)

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  18. Ooh, that's an interesting idea, Becki. Let me think on that for a bit. Hope your manuscript finished up well!

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  19. Libby, ooh. Tough one.

    I just got James Scott Bell's writing book Plot and Structure, which came out a few years ago. Chapter 3 is called "How to Explode with Plot Ideas." Looks like there are a lot of good exercises in there for brainstorming.

    Since I haven't read it yet, I hate to say, "Go buy it!" But you could check to see if your library has it.

    http://www.amazon.com/Plot-Structure-Techniques-Exercises-Crafting/dp/158297294X/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1318902270&sr=8-5

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  20. Coooolll... :) Maybe I'll try this round.

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  21. Well, on the subject of male authors, Travis Thrasher -- he wrote the book 'Solitary'. Totally scary book, LOL. But amazingly written!

    Woot, and perhaps I'll get my sister to send in an entry, too :)

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  23. Ooh, I have a question -- for, "The time has come to leave," are we allowed to put question marks in?

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