Monday, August 1, 2011

Writing Prompt: They say I'm innocent

This round's writing prompt is:

They say I'm innocent, but I know better.

As always, the prompt sentence should be read as the opening line of a novel. Your job is to write the next 100 words like you're writing the opening paragraph. Which means your goal is draw me into the story, give me a taste of the world your'e creating. For some wonderful examples, you can click here.

Additional rule this round is no murder. That's right. Your main character cannot have killed anyone.

Everything else is the same. Must 25 or under to enter. One entry per person per round.

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.

Have your entries in to me by Monday, August 8th at 11:59pm, Kansas City time.

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:

Fred Warren writes science fiction and fantasy. His short stories have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines, including Kaleidotrope, Every Day Fiction, Bards & Sages Quarterly, and Allegory. His first novel, The Muse, debuted in November 2009 from Splashdown Books, and was a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award for book of the year in the speculative genre. Fred works as a government contractor in eastern Kansas, where he lives with his wife and three children. You can find him online at

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 She was the Overall Winner in the 2009 Touched by Love contest for unpublished authors.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

Rosemarie DiCristo
Rosemarie DiCristo writes fiction for children and teens and is currently working on a girls' mystery novel. She's had short stories and recipes published in magazines like Pockets, Encounter, Shine Brightly, and Brio.


  1. Sweet!
    "Dina Sleiman writes lyrical stories that dance with light." I love that! Makes me want to read Dina's writing. :D

  2. Awesome prompt. I like the twist.

  3. Emii, I hear great things about Dina! You might only be able to get it in ebook form over in Australia. Not sure what her publisher has planned in regards to international releases.

    Thanks, Alyson!

    FYI to those who requested I allow more time to write your prompts - I'm not ignoring you! In keeping with the schedule I've arranged with my judges, at least this one needed to stay the same. It's still under consideration!

    How long, ideally, would you guys like for prompts? 10 days? 2 weeks?

  4. Dina's publisher will be using Ingram distribution, and they have international policies, I believe. Says Dina's editor, who agrees that she's an awesome writer. ;-)

  5. Thank you for chiming in :) Saves me an email!

  6. WOW! That is such a great hook anyway! :D Cool! I'm looking forward to wracking my brains to find something to write about there :)

    -Micah :)

  7. I think this prompt is one of my favorites (especially with the condition).


  8. Thank you so much for putting this together! I'm glad I found out about it. Looks like a very fun and intriguing business. ^.^

  9. I love the no-murder rule! It adds a nice touch.

  10. Maybe you can release the new prompt the same day that the previous one is due, giving us two weeks. That would keep us in the habit of checking for it on Mondays :)


  11. Steph, I think how you have it is plenty of time. Once I sit down to write it, it doesn't take that long. And if I start writing it the day you announce it, half the time I have it finished before the days out.:-)but that's just my thoughts! :-)

  12. WooooooHoooooooo!

    I can't wait!:)

  13. I'm with Katy on that one. Usually I turn mine in on the day because I totally forget and then I get a post in the Blogger Dashboard from Go Teen Writers reminding me to get my prompt in. :P So I reckon there's plenty of time. :)

  14. Ah, I have a question. Does murder count as, say, cutting off the heads of chickens?

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  16. When I read the prompt I thought "everyone is going to do murder, so I shouldn't use murder. I'm really glad you put an extra rule for this round.
    I have a question. Does abortion count as murder? I know that's what my family considers it, but I didn't know what you thought for this prompt.
    Always lots of thanks. Can wait for Next Gen conference!

    ~Sarah F.

  17. Ultimately it'll be the judge's who decide if something is murder or not. But if it were me, I would play it safe and steer away from anything that involves taking another's life.

    Thanks for the feedback about timing, guys. Still playing around with some ideas...

  18. This is such a good writing prompt!!! Can't wait!