Nightmist: Hello there, Herd Nerds!
Starbeam: As you know, we have been requested by Starleaf to divert a little bit from roleplaying...
Nightmist: So we have an idea!
Starbeam: A great idea!
Nightmist: A writing idea!
Moondancer: A what?
Nightmist & Starbeam: AN IDEA!!!
Nightmist: Anyways, Misty and her cousin want to share their challenge with you all to keep your creative ideas flowing, and get your fingers typing! :D
Starbeam: Yeah! We want you guys to be included in this, and we’re about to explain this thing full heartedly!
Hey there guys, it’s Misty, and this is a collaborative post with my cousin, Starbeam. Recently, both of our countries have been struck with the corona virus, and thus, our schools have been cancelled. But, to keep ourselves from being lonely and possibly depressed, we have decided to write short stories every week!
But, a challenge’s no fun without lots of people in it, so we thought we’d also hold a separate challenge for you guys! (If you’re interested, that is. )
So, here’s the idea: Each week on every Tuesday, there will be a new post for this challenge. The challenge is to use a hook, or the first sentence of your short story, that we provide to you. I encourage, if you have the book we use, DO NOT READ THE STORY!!! This may prohibit your creative ideas! I also encourage not to get discouraged or have a doubt in your idea by not reading the stories already posted on here until yours is finished. Now, here’s the hook for this week:
The evening air smelled pleasantly of a fresh grave. -First sentence of Chapter One, The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones.
Now, here are the three elements my mother has used in the past for writing short stories:
Exposition: Explaining your story, the facts, the telling.
Narration: The story itself, characters doing things, actual unfolding of the scenes. Think as like a voice over in a tv-show.
Description: Describing the story and its details.
Now, there will be prizes drawn by either me or Starbeam.
1st Place Prize: A full body drawing or scene of any character, your choice of traditional or digital.
2nd Place Prize: A drawing of any character, traditional.
3rd Place Prize: A headshot of an original TGH character, traditional.
Participation: A feather drawing of any character of your choosing.
Now, how will we judge the story, you ask? I, Misty, will judge on plot structure, and Starbeam will look for character development and description. Now, keep in mind, whenever it is a human judging some creative thing, a lot of biased thoughts are brought into the equation; for instance, I prefer young adult fantasy or romance. If you don’t write in that, already I may not like the genre.
But, since all of these stories should be written in the TGH universe, I like it xD. Have fun guys, and don’t take this too seriously! I have no experience judging on writing things, but I do know what good writing should look and feel like from reading too many books. This is PRACTICE! Nothing more! Please do not be ashamed or anything, that would just be silly.
PS. (If you were to look back through my roleplay comments a while ago, they aren’t that pretty at all heheh )
Please have fun and enjoy!
Starbeam and Nightmist