Bring Me There - Narrative August 18, 2015 - September 25, 2015
We've all heard the the advice for narrative writing of "show, don't tell".
This contest is all about painting an image in the reader's mind as opposed to adding an adjective to a noun.
It's easy to say, "It was a rainy autumn day." That's telling, and boring. "Water falls from an ugly gray sky; my gutters have been dripping for hours. The slightly open window allows some of the cool air in, and with it, the smell of the fallen leaves beginning to decay." is a quick example of showing.
Choose one of the subjects below.
a haunted House
a garden (of any type you wish)
a homeless person
a child throwing a tantrum
a mountain sunset
Create a moment in time where you are looking at the haunted house or garden, observing the homeless person or child, enjoying the sunset and write a new, short narrative description that paints a picture in our minds that is so vivid and real, we can close our eyes and see what you see, hear what you hear, smell, touch and taste what you do.
Keep the scope focused tightly on the subject.
This is an exercise in narrative writing, poems will be disqualified.
As the rules state, each author may submit up to five pieces. HOWEVER, each piece must be on a different subject.
If you need a mulligan (a do-over) because inspiration and/or hard work created a better piece on a topic you already submitted, contact me and I'll take care of it.
One winner will be selected for each subject and one "grand prize" winner will be selected for the best overall piece.
Created Aug 18, 2015