Here’s the way this particular challenge works:
I’ll give a first line, and those who wish to accept the challenge will write the rest of the story (yes, this time, the complete story)—in 500 words or less, putting your entry into the comments section of this post.
In keeping with Spec Faith’s primary focus on the intersection of speculative fiction and the Christian faith, writers may wish to incorporate Christian elements or to write intentionally from a Christian worldview. Likewise, speculative elements of one kind or another should be incorporated.
Readers will give thumbs up to the ones they like the most (unlimited number of likes), and, if they wish, they may give a reply to the various entries, telling what particularly grabbed their attention.
By the way, I encourage such comments—it’s always helpful for entrants to know what they did right and what they could have done to improve.
After the designated time, I’ll re-post the top three (based on the number of thumbs up they receive) and a judge will select the best entry.
We’ll again offer a prize to the winner (to be announced soon). In the event of a tie for the top three, a drawing will be held to determine the finalist.
And now, the first line:
Ryder needed to know the truth, but he was pretty sure none of the others were interested.
Finally, those silly little details we all need to know:
- Your word count does not include this first line.
- You will have between now and midnight (Pacific time) this coming Sunday to post your challenge entries in the comments section.
- You may reply to entries, giving thumbs up, this week and next. To have your thumb-up counted to determine the top three entries, it must be checked before Sunday, January 18.
- Finalists will be announced Monday, January 19 and judging will begin.
Feel free to free to share this so your friends can participate, either as writers or readers. The more entries and the more feedback, the better the challenge.