So, you wrote a character in 200 words. Now try the next step up - write the opening for a book in 200 words. Easy? Nah.
So, you wrote a character in 200 words.
Now try the next step up - write the opening for a book in 200 words. Easy? Nah.
- it must NOT be over 200 words
- it MUST be a piece of prose - no poems, I'm afraid!
- follow the Golden Rule (Show, Don't Tell)
- you can write it in whatever style you like - first person, second person, third person, past, present, future, whatever!
Only now you've got to drag your readers in, make them keep reading.
You have two choices:
1) try and get as much information in there as possible - establish characters, themes, as much story as possible, etc.
2) forget all that and be atmospheric. Make the reader want to know more. Give enough information for them to speculate, but leave lots of question marks hanging in the air.
Whichever you choose, try and give the basic feel of your story - lively, funny, scary - whatever!
All of the entries for the Character Competition could be worked to fit into this one, although I'd quite like to see something new from you. Alternatively, you could write an opening scene for that particular character. You can also steal opening scenes from stories you're already writing, as long as they're 200 words or fewer.
Some of the entries for the last competition could fit directly into this one without any, or at least very little, work.
Gordon, by Zamic
Tiffany, by Parcei
Penny, by VictoriaGrace
Mr Clark, by Subtle.Smile
Ruben, by Brokenlotus