Writing Challenge #37

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WEEKLY CHALLENGE #37

  1. WRITE:  Often times, we only have a few seconds to capture someone’s attention. For this week’s challenge, pull your readers in just two sentences. Imagine your story as an ad. What two lines do you think would work well to grab people’s attention?

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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.

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4. DEADLINE: Tuesday, January 17th at 11:59 p.m. PST. Voting booth will open for this challenge on Wednesday, January 18th, and the winners will be announced the following Wednesday, January 25th.

CONGRATULATIONS: To the winners of Challenge #35… Riss Ryker, Dave Allen and Mary Cooney-Glazer!

THIS CHALLENGE IS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS!

Have fun!


Author Notes

138 Comments for “Writing Challenge #37”

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A gathering of friends at Willoughby Chase, a picturesque Gothic estate in the Grafton, New York mountains sounds like a perfect autumn get-away. Yet, tension prevails while faults and imperfections of guests are magnified.

Mary Cooney-Glazer

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Immediately want to know more! Something’s going to happen…..just a matter of how bad! Nice. Mary

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Thank you for your comments Mary. This is a mystery novel in progress. What a cast of characters I’m dealing with – fun. Think Agatha Christie! When I feel I’m ahead of the game I’ll post it chapter by chapter for member input. Title: A Reunion of Death

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She sat by the window in the darkened basement of her parents’ house with a loaded shotgun by her side as she watched anonymous cars drive around the curve past the desolate long drive-way. A streak of lights passed by the window as if coming down the driveway, and her paranoia flamed as she held the gun tightly.

Jay Heltzer

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Great suspense. I personally like the label of anonymous cars. It gives the impression she is looking out for a specific one as well as a hiding sense of not being seen which is obvious, as she is in the basement. My only nitpick is with the double use of “driveway”. You could say that the cars are passing the house, set back far on the property, then refer to the headlights coming up the driveway. Great job.

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WANTED: 500 lbs of Jell-O, 7100 yards of dental floss, and a person with a strong mind. Asking for a friend.

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A handsome stranger shows up in a small Louisiana town driving a new sports car and flashing a big roll of bills. The neighbors are suspicious – if he a spoiled rich kid, a criminal, or worse?

Jay Heltzer

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Interesting comparison with a “handsome stranger” and a “rich kid”. I wouldn’t normally associate the two as the same thing. The first sounds older than the second. Regardless, he sounds like trouble, which is always great for a writer and a reader. Great job.

Mary Cooney-Glazer

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A silver blur felt like a battering ram when it slammed the fleeing handbag snatcher hard against the concrete. The big dog growled, and bared his teeth, quieting only when he heard “Just hold, Jake, don’t kill the bastard……yet.”

Jay Heltzer

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So the dog is the silver blur? What kind of dog is that? Whatever it is, it gained complete control. Nicely done.

Mary Cooney-Glazer

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He’s a silver-grey German shepherd, Jay. He’s decorated retired military and an honorary police officer too.

Jake’s a character in a romance. Thanks for reading.

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Grace let her hands slide down to Aidan’s chest. She liked feeling his rough skin under her hands and hearing his heartbeat quicken when she brushed her lips over his bare skin.

Jay Heltzer

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The dining room reverberated with the echoing peals of laughter from stories piled upon stories, interruptions of inside jokes, and the never ending din of everyone clamoring to be heard. She sat frozen between Uncle Phil and cousin Nancy, paralyzed by the stark realization that she married into the wrong family.

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This has the sound of a good read. Interesting. I’d like to find out more about Nancy’s revelation.

Jay Heltzer

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Guess i could have clarified who was suffering, as she (the main character) sat BETWEEN Phil and Nancy. This was inspired my family (loud) and my wife and brother-in-law (not loud) who can’t get a word in edgewise at family dinners. I can say however that they both are still happy with the family they married into (17 1/2 years and counting…)

Tim Hillebrant

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As the fresh blood dripped from Antoch’s blade, wisps of steam rising in the cool morning air, he looked down at his love in horror. What had he done?

Mary Cooney-Glazer

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OK Tim, you have my attention. Hope this is the start of a longer piece. Vivid descriptions. You made me feel his horror. Great write. Mary

Jay Heltzer

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With different settings, you and I managed to write the same story. Antioch messed up big time. His positioning sounds so intentional, and yet, whoops. Good one.

charles stone

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It is the biggest explosion any Ang-el had ever seen. The most beautiful and powerful explosion ever. No Ang-el have ever experienced an exploration as huge. Now twin sister and brother Christy and Sataan must work together to bring balance, order and life into infinite chaos. – The Bigly Bang.

Jay Heltzer

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Since I am reading yours with Tim’s comments first listed, my first thought was “Luke and Leia”. Of course, I see the more obvious references as well. Good to read your works again Charles. Nicely done.

Anisa Claire

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As Yamless approached the entrance to her wood-clad abode, she heard the unmistakable sound of uneven steps behind her. She didn’t have to turn around to know it was Small Fry, her semi-unhinged Feral friend, coming up the cobblestone path her and Pitan had put in so many years ago.

Tim Hillebrant

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This was really good, Anisa. I liked the original names you used, and the descriptive way you wrote this painted quite a picture. Very nicely done. I want to know more about Pitan, and why she has a semi-unhinged friend. Kind of reminds me of Loki, from the TV Show, Vikings, if you’re familiar with it.

Well done!
Tim

Mary Cooney-Glazer

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Want to find out more about this trio, Anisa. Thinking small fry is some sort of feline side-kick to the other two. Good images. Mary

Anisa Claire

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Thanks, Mary! They’re both ‘Feral Faeries’ which are characters I created for my Absur’D coloring/activity books 🙂

Anisa

Jay Heltzer

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Maybe its my mood, but I want to know what has to happen to someone to intentionally be “Yam-less” as in, purposely without yam. Please tell me there is a story there. You say so much, in such little space. Brava.

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