Okay, we’re changing it up for the July writing contest : )

Aha! Tell me you were expecting that you could write a haiku, 100-word, or 1000-word piece this month. That I’d list a bunch of themes. You were thinking that, right? Okay. Sorry. No. I’m not doing that.

This month we’re going to try something different. Below you will find ten sentences. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, will be to use one of these sentences as the opening sentence of a 100-word piece. This piece will be the start of a longer story — you are writing the beginning of that story. I consulted with the judges, and they think this is yet another spectacularly brilliant idea thought up by someone other than me : (

The first sentence will not count against your word total, but make sure to add only and EXACTLY 100 more words to it. Keep in mind that you are writing just the opening to the story.

Now without further ado, here are the ten sentences from which you can choose:

It was a dark and stormy night — nah nah nah. Just kidding. The first one is

The night was moist — nah nah nah. Just kidding again. The first one actually is

1. “You kidding, uh?”

2. And this was supposed to cure something?

3. I’d already told them.

4. “You started it.”

5. That’s the way it goes.

6. “So what da buggah said?”

7. I have nothing to hide.

8. When you wish for something hard enough, you just might get it.

9. He took like forevahs fo make up his mind.

10. “This is very important.”

Okay, that’s good for now. Remember, you are writing the beginning of a story. The opening sentence you choose does not count toward your 100 words. Good writing to everyone.


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