SETTING: You decide if the protagonist has a disguise or if the antagonist is disguised. Someone’s true identity is hidden, partially or fully. You decide how the disguise affects the conflict. The disguise might even be the cause of an undesired effect.
3 HIGHLIGHTS: (include): A disguise, an engraving, and a body of water (a lake, river, sea, ocean, etc.)
SUBMISSIONS: Post your story below where it says POST YOUR STORY OF 750-1,500 WORDS
WORD COUNT: 750-1,500
DEADLINE: Always due by the 25th of each month
SUBMISSIONS: Post your story below
3 PROMPTS TO GET YOU STARTED:
1.) Your character has been working so long to perform something on a certain day. You decide if it’s a musical performance, an athletic event, or some other kind of work performance. Worried at first, the day ends up turning out better than expected. However, the next day, a false report came out, giving credit to someone else. Give a stranger, friend, or your boss all credit? You decide what happens.
2.) Sometimes we entertain an angel unaware. Your character has a conversation with someone who seems to be a human being. You decide what the message might be. You decide if your character ever finds out the true identity.
3.) An enemy lurks out in the jungle or somewhere. Your character secretively places a totem pole as a gift for those people to enjoy. You decide what the pole is really hiding: a microphone, camera, drone, chemical testing, etc. You decide what kind of information your character gathers to expose evil deeds. Inspired by the Trojan horse.
You can find additional optional conflicts on pages 102-103 in “Writers 750 Emerald Workbook,” written by H.M. Schuldt.
ITEMS THAT MUST BE INCLUDED
1.) A disguise
2.) An engraving
3.) A body of water
Most Shocking Disguise
One of the most shocking disguises we see in the Old Testament is in the story of Tamar (Genesis 38). Tamar’s first husband died. She married her first husband’s brother out of tradition. He secretively refused to have any children with her by pretending to try and get her pregnant. He, too, died. Tamar’s father in law, Judah, refused to give her a third husband. Tamar was determined to get pregnant with a child from Judah’s family. One day, she pretended to be a harlot to Judah. Pregnant at last, she gave birth to twins. Her son, Perez, carried the divine seeds of King David and Jesus of Nazareth.
Heroes in Disguise
Famous heroes who disguise themselves include Clark Kent, beauty’s beast, and a princess’s frog. It could even be a journalist or a detective who pretends to be someone in order to solve a crime. Other disguises from the Old Testament include a donkey (Numbers 22), three divine messengers (Genesis 18), and Jacob who pretends to be his brother to steal Esau’s blessing (Genesis 27).
In the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, we find a tragic ending. The bad side (Mr. Hyde) is trying to kill the good side of Dr. Jekyll. It would be nice to read a similar story with a better ending.
Devil in Disguise
Little Red Riding Hood has something in common with Adam and Eve. They were all fooled by someone else. We often wonder how the Little Red Riding Hood was fooled into believing the wolf was ever her grandmother. We might also wonder how Adam and Eve were ever fooled into thinking the serpent knew what he was talking about. Today, we see some people who are fooled by deceptive ideology. Other people are stuck in a world of deceiving people to get a cheap thrill. It’s nice to know Truth wins in the end. Something good can indeed come out of a tragedy.
WORKSHOP GUIDELINES – Skip over this section if you are familiar with the Writers 750 Program.
GENRE: Fantasy, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Crime, Comedy, Romance, or a mixture (No erotica)
The main purpose of this workshop is to practice the skill of writing fiction, explore conflict and character development, write a new short stories, and receive good feedback.
RULES & DIRECTIONS –
• Type in English – a minimum of 750 words; a maximum of 1,500 words
• Post your title and word count total in the first line of your story posting.
• ONE entry per person, must be the writer’s original work, a final revision, and a new piece of writing. No multiple submissions. Make sure to post your final revision.