THEME: Courage (Doorway to a Better Place)
SETTING: Your character is about to face a difficult situation beyond his or her control. You decide if the sky is falling, if he or she lost a job, if the current job requires a dangerous task, or if something destructive has become an obsession that needs to go. As with any door, you describe how things are different on the other side. Describe how your character needs to use courage to get through a struggle.
HIGHLIGHTS: (Challenge yourself to include these three highlights in your story.) A door, a struggle, and a lesson learned
SUBMISSIONS: Submit your story below
1.) Your character finds a secret door that leads to a certain place such as a garden. Describe what he/she must leave behind in the garden. Once it is time to go, describe a certain struggle of letting go. Perhaps include the courageous task of burying the struggle in the garden. The struggle can be internal such as worry, doubt, fear, or confusion, or it can be external such as a figurine, calendar, photo, or magnet.
2.) Your character discovers a doorway to the pasture of happiness. Once reaching the pasture, he/she must courageously face a renovation in order to remain. Describe his/her struggle such as almost leaving the pasture, learning contentment, getting lost, finding rest, or second guessing the process of renovation.
3.) After entering into the doorway of marriage, years later a man or woman returns to a familiar location and discovers that he/she has courageously overcome a struggle such as impulsive shopping, horoscopes, a critical attitude, gambling, gluttony, or hoarding.
More optional conflicts can be found in the workbook, Writers 750 Emerald Workbook, pages 5-6.
LENGTH: 750-1,500 word count
DEADLINE: Always due by the 25th of the month
ITEMS THAT MUST BE INCLUDED
1.) A door (either literal or figurative)
2.) Going through a struggle
3.) A lesson learned
Write about what interests you. What is your perspective?
Write about something you discovered. What did you learn?
Write about an experience you had. What is your testimony?
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 plot, conflict, and character development, collect your own short stories, and receive good feedback.
RULES & DIRECTIONS –
• Type in English – a minimum of 750 words; a maximum of 1,500 words (You are welcome to write a novel!)
• 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 submit your final revision.