Hey everyone! I placed second in the Writers Unite Writing Contest; soooo excited!!!! I could attempt to write exactly how excited I am, but chances are there will be lots of caps, italics, and exclamation marks and you won't be able to make head or tail of what I'm trying to say. So I'll skip that part ;) And besides, the real purpose of this post is to share the story I wrote for the contest with you!
I'm not sure if I should give a background sort of thing for this story. I'm going to attempt it, but be warned, it might be lengthy and boring. So, if you would rather just read the story, feel free to do so! Just skip past all this italic stuff! :D
I'm the kind of gal who gets random ideas for random stories at very random times. From past experience, I've learned to always have a notebook or some paper handy so that I can write down any ideas that I get. Not that I write ALL of them down; I'd be drowning in notebooks if I did :P Anyway, one Sunday during service, our pastor was talking about how we should count it all joy when we fall into various trials (James). For one brief moment, I got this idea about a boy and a girl (it was more specific than that, but trying not to give away any spoilers here ;)) and scribbled it down on my bulletin. Then I forgot completely about it amidst the flurry of final exams, essays, and all that end-of-school stuff. However, after all my exams had been finished, I sat down to discover that there was a ton of free time on my hands. I found the bulletin with my notes scribbled on a corner and wondered if I could turn it into something. And then it crossed my mind that Faith had mentioned a writing contest several weeks ago. I instantly hopped onto her blog and found the information on the contest. The theme for the contest was different than the one I had originally had in mind when I first got the idea, but it was easily switched. My main problem was the deadline. It was due on May 16th. And it was already the 7th. "Just write lots, and really fast," I decided. (Tiger Lily thought I was crazy, partly because it was a little late to begin, and partly because she doesn't understand why anyone would want to write anything when they don't have to :P) But I did it anyway. At day I wrote, at night I planned out the plot. My schedule (yes, I made a schedule so I wouldn't fall behind ;)) called for 1000 words every day. I hadn't written for a very long time before this, and yes, I had a lot of writer's block. There were days when I only reached 6-800, but I made up for it by writing extra the next day. And guess what? I did it! Of course, a BIG MASSIVE thank you is in order to my critiques and editors, Olivia and Tiffany for helping me at moment's notice!!! :D Seriously, they were awesome, and they really helped me with the plot and especially during the editing process!
So yep, that's about it! I'll leave you to meet Derek and Aileen now :)
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Snow-covered trees flashed by the window. Derek leaned outside, letting the freezing wind blow into his face.
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WHN I GRO UP I AM GOIN TO BE A CONTRY SINGR
“A - a mouse.”
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That's it for today! What do you think of it so far? I'll be spreading out the story throughout this week and next week. There IS a reason for that... but I'll explain another time ;)
Hope you all have a fantastic week!