Writing Challenge #17

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WEEKLY CHALLENGE #17

  1. WRITE:  We’ve done opening line challenges before, but this one is a little bit different because the challenge is to write an opening line to start a story or poem for the $100 prize contests we have going on right now.

We’re hoping this will encourage you all to write and enter the contests! Also, we’re (for the first time ever!) opening the contests up to EVERYONE by offering a one month free upgrade.  So, if you’re not an upgraded member, head over to our upgrade page, select the $7.99 One Month option, and then put in the coupon code SIGNUPBONUS to upgrade your account for free. The coupon will bring the price of the account down to $0.00

Registration page is here: https://www.writerscarnival.ca/register/

Check out the current contests here: https://www.writerscarnival.ca/category/contests/

Check out everything your new upgraded account will get you here: https://www.writerscarnival.ca/free-one-month-upgrade/

2. COMMENT: You MUST comment on FOUR other entries to qualify. If you do not, your entry will be disqualified from the challenge. Give and take… Keep the cycle going.

3. IMPORTANT In order to qualify, you MUST vote for your TOP TWO choices. If you don’t vote, you cannot win this challenge (even if you receive the most votes!). To vote, you need to reply to the email that goes out for the Weekly Challenges. In that email, if you scroll to the bottom, you will see all the information you need to vote for this challenge.You must join our mailing list in order to receive the weekly voting email. 

4. DEADLINE: Tuesday, July 19th at 11:59 p.m. PST. Voting booth will open for this challenge on Wednesday, July  20th, and the winners will be announced the following Wednesday, July 27th.

CONGRATULATIONS: To the winners of Challenge #15… Michael Decker, Jay Heltzer and Claudine S.

THIS CHALLENGE IS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS!

Have fun!

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Author Notes

179 Comments for “Writing Challenge #17”

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It was silent.

Marcia Yearwood

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“Great is your faithfulness, O God my Father,” she sang haltingly but wholeheartedly, with tears streaming down her face as she watched the huge crane hoist the 18 wheeler from the river.

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Oh, wow. Good scene, Marcia. Seems like someone is trying to find comfort in a the midst of a possible storm.

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The clocks ticked loudly, their pendulums swinging as he dodged through the maze of clockwork mechanisms, each second amplifying each click like bullets in his brain.

Marcia Yearwood

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Wow, imagine clock works large enough for a person to run through! And the noise would be deafening! I can just picture this as a movie. Nice one Becky!

charles stone

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Paula shook her head. “You not using no rubber that you kept
in your wallet. I know what happens to condoms that are kept in your
back pocket.”

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Nervous at the crossroads we meet
Tired bodies and scared feet

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Nerveous at he crossroads we meet
Tired bodies and scared feet.

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The beginning of this poem speaks as a journey to me. Both have traveled far and now meet. Really like this beginning line. 🙂

Write On!
Becky

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Rebecca you have summed it up so well. It is about the journey of race relations. We have jouneyed a long way now we are here. The story begins or continues here. Rebecca you are so insightful! Thank you so much!

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I find your writing insightful…it always intrigues me, and so often there is such a strong undercurrent of passion. You have an innate ability to send a message that speaks to people without judgement. This allows you to speak to our hearts. 🙂

Raymond Tobaygo

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I had to return my Captain’s skull to the compound and though I knew they would try to kill me to prevent this, it was my only option if I wanted to avoid the brutal slaughter of what they referred to as ‘the innocents.’

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A lot going on here! If I could make a suggestion, it would be to end the sentence at “to avoid brutal slaughter”. I think the addition of information concerning “the innocents” gives the piece an explanatory tone. Without it, I extract a nonchalant sort of humor from your main character, despite the severity of the situation he’s in. That’s a story I’d love to read!

Raymond Tobaygo

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Good afternoon, Annalie

thanks for the input as it’s appreciated. I did toy a bit ending the sentence where you suggested, but I couldn’t resist mentioning the ‘Innocents.’

The sentence is the opening line of a SS I’m working on.

Take care and stay safe,

Ray

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Chapter 1 opening of my Christian Romance novel, WITH YOU FOREVER. May share this story in the site in the future.

Fourteen-year-old Eva Rose Conway entered Garden Ridge High School, hoping she wouldn’t vomit her breakfast cereal.

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Poor girl! Like I explained to Ray, I think this opener would be even more enhanced if you omitted some information from your sentence. For example, “fourteen year old” isn’t necessary information if you have the high school bit in there, especially because I’m sure you elaborate later on! Keep writing!

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Irina Owen zipped up her suitcase, envisioning the Arabian beaches.

Tim Hillebrant

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“Everyone always said, ‘There’s no such thing as magic’. Boy, did they get that wrong!”

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The rain fit my mood perfectly, as I stood by the grave looking at the headstone with my name on it.

Carol Moore

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“What’s in the meatloaf?”

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