What is Monday's Minute Challenge?
Rules & Prizes:
- If there is at least 5 entries, the panel of judges will select a 2nd and 1st place. If there is at least 10 entries, the judges will select a 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place. However, if there is under 5 entries, the panel of judges will select only one winner.
- The 2nd place winner will receive a badge for their blog, and the 1st place winner will receive a badge, as well as a free ebook of my YA novel, PURPLE MOON. (See the note below.)
- The winner will be chosen based on the judges's preferences, as well as the following questions: Does this entry capture my attention immediately? Does it make me want to continue reading? Is the writing clear? They will also take into consideration the writer's voice and style--not necessarily technical issues, such as grammar, punctuation, etc.
- The same person cannot win first place two weeks in a row.
- If the winner has already read PURPLE MOON, the ebook will be rewarded to the second place winner.
- This is only for fun and to stretch your writing muscles--not necessarily to be taken too seriously. =)
- 4 points: If you post your entry on your blog, linking back to this post
- 2 points: If you post a tweet about Monday's Minute Challenge, with hashtag #MondaysMinute (You may tweet more than once in a week, however the points will only count for one tweet.)
- 10 points: If you win 1st place in the writing prompt contest (beginning 2/17).
- 7 points: If you win 2nd place in the writing prompt contest (beginning 2/17).
- 5 points: If you win 3rd place in the writing prompt contest (beginning 2/17).
- 30 points: Create your own prompt that will be used in Monday's Minute Challenge!
- 100 points: Receive a free ebook of PURPLE MOON. =)
Last Week's Winner(s)...
Since there were 9 entries for the writing prompt category, there will only be two winners (see the rules above).
This week, the judges really wanted to select a 3rd place winner. However, since there were only 9 entries rather than 10, we could only select two winners (see rule #1). If you want to increase your chances of winning, please invite your friends to participate! =)
The entries that the judges thought was the most intriguing (based on rule #4) is ...
Second place winner:
Casting an oblong shadow in the evening light, the shape of a man walking towards me could be seen from my concealed location in the treetop. His step was quickened as if there was something ahead or behind compelling him in his course along the winding track that led back to my home town. This path made its way right below the foliage where I was hiding. As he approached I could hear his quickened breath, everything else was so quiet, like a sudden stillness before a maelstrom on the lough. I could see the enlarged eyes of the object of my beholding. In his hand was an ancient rifle, his fingers weren’t on the trigger, but close to it. He looked young, only slightly older than me, but his countenance held a look of that of a much older man. He wore a wool sweater, a tweed jacket and a well-worn cap. His beard was untrimmed, his appearance shabby. He had probably been in hiding; he was IRA after all.“Deartháir!” I called as I lept to the ground, stripping away the camouflage.His frightened look melted, he dropped his gun, and he ran towards me and I was almost knocked back at the force of his embrace. “Little brother!” he said with a smile, “it’s been so long since last I saw you!” I gazed at his beloved face. Despite the joyful look, I could see more wrinkles and scars of anxiety on his face than I expected. We held each other for quite some time, but I knew this couldn’t last. He was in danger of being dragged away by the Nationals who had taken power of our green isle. As for me, I didn’t wish to get involved in politics and war, having a brother in the IRA alone got me suspected. Here in the forest it was as if these things were so far away.
The twilight came on faster as we continued to talk. Our speech got more and more serious. He said he might never see me again, at last we hugged good bye. “Little brother,” he spoke, “I love you.” I never saw him again…
Congratulations, Benj. Evans! Send me an email at christiswrite (at) gmail (dot) com so I can have your badge sent to you. =)
First place winner:
The trigger pressed against my finger, cold and hard. The slightest twitch and it would be all over. I tried to take a deep breath to steady my arm, but fear cut off oxygen. My eyes began to burn, and I hastily blinked back the tears before he could see.
"Do it." His voice was hard as steel and laced with venom. Was this the voice that kept me company at night when I couldn't sleep? "Do it now, Anna!"
I looked at him, silently begging him once last time not to make me do this. He was my brother; he loved me; why was he doing this? His eyes, the eyes that were burned into my memory as being kind and caring, were now fierce and unrelenting. It was as if all his camouflage was suddenly stripped away, and it left me reeling. I saw that there would be no out for me; I had to do what he wanted me to. My mouth began to tremble and tears spilled down my face, as it was no longer possible to hold them back. "No," I whispered. "No!" I couldn't, wouldn't do this. My aching arm lowered, and in that instant I saw his eyes flicker. He jumped forward as I turned to run, and I felt him grab my hand- the hand with the gun. An explosion louder than I'd imagined roared in my ears, matched only by my scream as I watched him crumple to the ground.
Congratulations, S. Brightly! Send me an email at christiswrite (at) gmail (dot) com so I can have your badge and ebook sent to you. =)Thanks so much to everyone who participated!
How to Submit:
You can also post your challenge response on your blog, and then create your own challenge for your readers! However, make sure that you link back to this post and use the image above. If you are participating on your blog, be sure to submit your link in the comments and I will add it to the list of participants at the end of this post.
Today's Challenge Is...
Choose at least one,
and let me know which one you are choosing:
and let me know which one you are choosing:
- Write a passage from one of the scenes that is mentioned in this song, or use the song to inspire a completely new scene to write.
- Write a passage from the POV of one of the characters in this picture.
- Write a passage beginning with this line: I always knew my brother was up to no good.