Today is our first ever writing prompt!
During 2011, every other Monday I'll be posting a writing prompt. Think of the prompt as an opening line to a novel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write the next 100 words.
After you've written your 100 words, send me an e-mail with the following information:
Your full name
Your e-mail address
Your 100 words
I will then send your prompt on to our judges (more about them in a bit). You'll have one week to send me your prompt, then our judges will have a week to judge (unless there's way more entries than I anticipate, in which case, I'll give them longer). Each judge gets a vote on who the think wrote the best entry. Some weeks they might be unanimous, other weeks they won't.
I will post the winner(s) name on the site and keep a running tally through the year. Our first, second, and third place winners will all get some kind of writer's prize pack. And bragging rights. Bragging rights are good.
Here are some questions you might have:
1. Does it have to be exactly 100 words?
No. It can't be any more than 100 words, but it can be less.
2. How do I tally word count?
Type your entry in a word document, and it will tally it for you. My version of Word keeps a running total at the bottom left hand corner. Previous versions I've had required that I select "Word count" from the Tools menu.
3. Will you ever judge?
No, because I've developed relationships with many of you, and I don't want to be swayed at all. And when I e-mail your entries to the judges, none of them will see your names either.
4. How old do I have to be?
Anyone under 25 is welcome to participate. Feel free to tell your friends.
If you have any other questions or comments, please post them, but DON'T POST YOUR 100 WORDS TO THE BLOG, okay? E-mail those to me.
Now that we've got all that out of the way...
This week's prompt is: We knew one thing for sure - Jamie's dad would kill us.
Send me your 100 words by Monday, January 10th.
This week's judges are: