SETTING: At a carnival, street parade, circus, or a festival, your character finds a secret passageway. He/she also loses something. You decide what is lost and if it is found.
3 HIGHLIGHTS: (include): A secret passageway, something lost, and an insect
SUBMISSIONS: Submit your story below
WORD COUNT: 750-1,500
DEADLINE: The deadline is always the 25th of the month
3 PROMPTS TO GET YOU STARTED:
1.) At the carnival, your character discovers a secret passageway such as a revolving bookcase, Three Sisters Labyrinth, or a hidden path. While exploring the secret passageway, he or she loses something. You decide how much he or she panics. You decide if the thing lost is a good thing or a bad thing.
2.) Your character is afraid of something such as clowns. He or she enters the Clown House to lose all fear of clowns. You decide what happens.
3.) Your character works at the carnival. You decide if the Ferris wheel gets stuck, if someone loses his or her prosthetic limb, or if some other conflict arises.
You can find additional optional conflicts on pages 86-87 in “Writers 750 Emerald Workbook,” written by H.M. Schuldt.
ITEMS THAT MUST BE INCLUDED
1.) A secret passageway
2.) Something lost
3.) An insect
Two Kinds of Curious
One has a strong desire, interest, and inquisitiveness to learn something such as finding out what will be at the carnival. The other kind of curious is when something is strange, peculiar, odd, or curious itself such as a haunted house.
The nature of a mystery is something that is difficult to explain or it might even be impossible to understand completely. A mystery could be a black hole, identity of Jack the Ripper, whether a money pit exists on Oak Island, whether a land called Atlantis every existed, or the location of the Ark of the Covenant. A paradox differs because a paradox will have a clear explanation upon further investigation such as time travel, the Monty Hall problem, or a catch-22.
Writing a Mystery
There are at least three kinds of mystery writers. First, a cozy mystery writer is one who uses an upright civilian as the protagonist, usually smart enough to solve the crime. Second, an odd mystery writer is one where strange things are happening, and the protagonist is intelligent but not necessarily an expert at anything. Third, an expert mystery involves a protagonist who is an expert in a specific way such as a scientist, technician, doctor, policeman, etc.
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.