Need A Little Fiction Help


I originally started this blog for those interested in fiction, to discuss the way writers can show through stories the truth about the world, which of course includes the truth about God. I’ve branched out, as anyone who stops by here regularly can see. I write more now about how God works in and through us to touch the world.

But every once in a while I come back to my fiction roots. After all, I am still committed to story as a vehicle for the truth.

Today, I want to ask for your help. All of you, but especially those who love story.

At the team blog, Speculative Faith, where I write every Monday, I run a contest twice a year called a writing challenge. I give a first line, and then anyone who wants to, can enter the contest by writing what comes next, either a complete short piece of fiction or the beginning of a story. The entries are short—between a hundred and three hundred words. (A computer-generated double-spaced page is usually 250 words).

We accepted entries, had an evaluation period, and pulled out the top three stories. Monday I created a poll and readers are voting on the one they like best. All good, except at this writing, the three entries are DEAD EVEN. I mean, even, even. No difference. I said in case of a tie we’d do a coin toss, but I hope it doesn’t come down to that. So I figure, the best way to deal with this is to have more readers, more voters.

So my request: do you think it would be possible for you to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to read the entries and to vote for the one you like best?

None is perfect. I mean, writers had only a limited amount of time and no say so on what that first line would be. Essentially I chose the verb tense and the point of view and the main character and to a lesser degree, the setting. I think it’s remarkable how the various writers pulled from their imagination and wrote such different stories or story beginnings.

But none of that helps separate who will win this year’s summer writing challenge. Please help. Please?

A big, huge thank you to all who are able to help out. Nothing helps more than readers who are unbiased and honest. You all will gain a few minutes of enjoyment, I think, but you’ll help me make this contest something that is valuable to writers. I appreciate you.

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Published in: on August 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm  Comments (6)  
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