TOPIC: MISTY SWAMPS
SETTING: Somewhere in a swamp, wetland, bayou, or preserve, your character has an encounter with an old friend. This old friend might be struggling with crime or poverty. This old friend might offer an excellent opportunity for your character such as going on a new adventure or partnering with him or her in some way. You decide how this old friend from the past influences your character.
3 HIGHLIGHTS (include): An amphibian or reptile, a maple tree, and an old friend
WORD COUNT: 750-1,500
DEADLINE: The deadline is always the 25th of the month
SUBMISSIONS: Submit your story below
3 PROMPTS TO GET YOU STARTED:
1.) Two police partners started off investigating mafia criminals in New Orleans. Somewhere along the process, they gave in to serving a hitmen for the mafia, participating in crimes such as extortion, racketeering, or obstruction of justice. The two policemen are villains, manipulating the system in order to gain financially. Your protagonist finds a way to collect evidence and convict them.
2.) Your main character works at a Cajun restaurant. He or she must figure out who keeps stealing food and/or drinks and why they are being stolen. He must find out who keeps taking food without paying for it. Several people arrive, but they have all paid for their orders. Soon enough, someone walks in and heads straight for the to-go table. He picks up the bag of food, acting as if it belongs to him. He heads for the door. You decide what happens.
3.) Your character is a wise history professor, chosen to meet with forensics to discuss a swastika that has been seared into a dead man’s arm. Your character happens to know the identity of the dead man, an old friend. Convinced that his old friend is innocent, the professor finds out that the police thinks the old friend was guilty of genocide. He thinks the dead man was killed by a group of vigilantes. Your character must track down one of the vigilantes and decide if the vigilante has been committing genocide. You decide if the old friend is innocent.
You can find additional optional conflicts in “Writers 750 Emerald Workbook” pages 58 and 59, written by H.M. Schuldt.
ITEMS THAT MUST BE INCLUDED
1.) An amphibian or reptile
2.) A maple tree
3.) An old friend
Types of Corruption
Revenge, selfishness, weak civil society, no rule of law, bribery, few are willing to swim against the tide to catch a corrupt person
Destroy electricity, manipulate a system, climb the corporate ladder, setting someone up, ruin another person’s reputation, stealing, power hungry, causing oppression, mental illness, narcissist steps on everyone or certain people
Some old friends are gold, but others are not. Bad old friends might include someone from school, your neighborhood, or work.
WORKSHOP GUIDELINES – Skip over this comment 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. Please do not delete and re-post since this becomes confusing to the readers. Make sure to post your final revision.
SUBMISSION: Location coming soon!