SETTING: Select a place that is usually private or empty such as an attic, an abandoned location, a meeting room, conference room, or a room that people avoid. Your character inherits an heirloom in that location. You decide what he or she inherits. You decide what kind of conflict your character must face because of the inheritance.
3 HIGHLIGHTS: (include): A private place, a sketch (outline, drawing, or an engraving), and an heirloom that has been inherited.
SUBMISSIONS: Post your story below
WORD COUNT: 750-1,500
DEADLINE: Always due by the 25th of each month
3 OPTIONAL PROMPTS TO GET YOU STARTED:
1.) Your character inherits 100 million dollars from a long lost relative, but there is one important rule if he takes it. He must travel to a deserted island and survive for one month. You decide whether he survives, what he has to go through, and whether he gets the money.
2.) Your character inherits something such as an old bike. Seeming to be useless, he takes it to a pawn shop. Learning of its historical value, your character might keep it after all. Add conflict from a greedy relative, a city bike park, or a famous cyclist.
3.) Your character secretively inherits a famous painting or Moses’s ark of the covenant (Exodus 25:10-22). He does not understand the history of it nor the rules for how to transport it. He attempts to move it. Describe the conflicts each time he attempts to tell someone about it. You decide where it ends up.
You can find additional optional conflicts on pages 115-116 in “Writers 750 Emerald Workbook,” written by H.M. Schuldt.
ITEMS THAT MUST BE INCLUDED
1.) A private location
2.) A sketch
3.) An heirloom that has been inherited
Common Things People Inherit
The two most common things people inherit are flatware and furniture. Most people think of people passing on a person’s wealth, money, property, or business rights upon the death of an individual. However, many people end up passing on jewelry, photo albums, quilts, recipes, diaries, weapons, and clocks. Although an inheritance is usually given after a person has passed away, it can also be given while they are alive. An inheritance can also be in the form of a promise made and a promise kept. Types of furniture include a chair, recliner, rocking chair, couch, bed, desk, game table, dining table, bookcase, or wine rack.
In the case of Abraham, news of his inheritance arrived in the form of at least seven promises (Genesis 12, 17, and 25). He died not receiving all of promises in his lifetime, but he believed they would be fulfilled after his death. Abraham was to receive the promise of a great nation and the father of many nations, the land of Canaan forever, innumerable descendants, become a father at 100 years old, his name would become great, he received a new name from Abram to Abraham, and he inherited righteousness according to his faith (Romans 4:1-3).
From Brokenness to Eternal Life
Where does a person inherit eternal life? From a potion? An elixir? A tree from the Garden of Eden? A certain holy water from a holy fountain? Jesus offers eternal life to all who believe He is the Savior of the world and accept Him as their personal Savior.
Almost too good to be true, some people feel unworthy to receive the blessing of eternal life in heaven. Unable to accept the gift, feeling guilty of living a corrupt and careless life, they ignore any sense of repenting until a loved one passes away. Uncertain of an afterlife, some people keep exalting doubt until they hit rock bottom. In a pit of despair, they finally cry out, “Lord, have mercy on me. I am a sinner.”
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.
Post your story in the comment section below.