I have to admit, I'm a bit lazy right now. I pulled out a meme I did earlier this year (via Chris), in the hopes it would satisfy both memes. In the original post, I highlighted three books I've enjoyed reading: Gentle's Holler by Kerry Madden, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, and Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I thought these books had interesting 5th - 8th sentences on page 123--perfect to twist from a meme to a writing prompt.
I'm a little stressed because the book I chose to use as a writing prompt is a total classic--so be kind. I selected this author primarily because he's no longer living and can't be offended by my mishmash of his work. Also, I graduated from the same university he did, so I'm hoping some of his genius will one day rub off on me. It's nice to dream, isn't it?
Here are the rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Fifth sentence: "Templeton's eyes were blazing."
"Is this true?" he asked. "Is this appetizing yarn of yours true? I like high living, and what you say tempts me."
Okay, here I go. Please note, I've changed Templeton from a rat, to a man. And I do like this enough that I intend on revising this for a manuscript at some point.
Isabelle never dreamed it would be this easy to trap the elusive Templeton. She watched Templeton's face, greased with greed, swallowing the news he would receive a monthly allowance from her father's estate. She clenched her hands.
"This is no yarn," Isabelle said, "and it would do you well to decide quickly. My father was not a patient man when alive; nor is he in death. His will gives you until tonight to make your decision."
I thought it would be fun to try this writing prompt in a writing contest. Since I still have a few prize packages that need to go out in the mail, I thought I'd offer up a different sort of prize. How about a critique of the first chapter of your manuscript?
Here are the rules:
1. Contest starts today and ends Wednesday, April 30th at 11:00pm, EST.
2. The writing prompt used will be from the following sentences from Charlotte's Web
"Templeton's eyes were blazing.""Is this true?" he asked. "Is this appetizing yarn of yours true? I like high living, and what you say tempts me."
3. What emotion are you feeling? What do you see or hear when you read these passages? Can you see an idea shaping up in your mind of characters, a time period, a scene, a plot, a story?
4. Write at least five sentences in the Comments section. If you'd like to write more, go for it, but the judging will be based only on the first five sentences. NOTE: Your writing is your property. Edited to Add: Also, agonizing over perfect sentences is not allowed. The main thing is, from your five sentences, have you created enough interest for someone to want to read more? Just think, this may be a good start for your next manuscript.
5. If you'd like to offer up constructive critiques of other entries, even mine, please do so. Mean spirited comments will be deleted.
6. Again, the contest will end on Wednesday, April 30th at 11:00 pm, EST.
7. I will post entries in my blog on Thursday, May 1st and will let you all be a judge.
8. The Winning Prize is a critique (by me) on the first chapter of your manuscript.
Let the entries begin. (Please, somebody join in!)