Long-time readers of the blog may recall that around this time of year we tend to take a break from talking about writers and writing and do a little storytelling instead. It’s like a multi-week version of our regular Friday Writing Sprints.
We’re kicking off this year’s Christmas Week Short Story Challenge today and several of the Eight Ladies will be posting their stories during the next week or so. All of you blog-readers are welcome to participate as well. You can post your own story (or a link to your story) in the comments below on this post or on any of the upcoming Short Story posts.
The rules of the Challenge are simple – write a short story based on the specified prompt and include at least three of the random words on the list; extra points for including more than three words and extra points with sparkles for Holiday references.
Prompt: A December 31st Wedding
The wedding for your short story can be any kind of wedding, anywhere. Whether it’s been planned for months or spur-of-the-moment; it’s between childhood sweethearts or mortal enemies; or it goes off without a hitch or crashes and burns – the details are completely up to you.
Oh, and here is a set of random words to give you some food for thought:
angel ambivalent blaze baffling
zipper estate fiasco honeymoon
blurt eruption collision diamond
mysterious grizzly naked drunk
Whatever length story you want to write – that’s exactly the length we’re looking for.
While you wait for this year’s stories, feel free to get in the mood by checking out some of last year’s entries:
- Botticelli Pizza
- My Steampunk Christmas Story
- Midnight Reflections
- A Visit from “Saint” Nic
- New Year’s Resolution
- They Shoot Flamingos, Don’t They?
Even better, try your hand at today’s words and post your results in the comments for all to enjoy.
Let the challenge begin!
Thanks, Elizabeth, I’m on it! Reminds me of the year my husband and I celebrated New Year just outside Cape Town, at a hotel in a spectacular setting between the mountains and the ocean. The place was wall to wall weddings, every one with its own bridezilla. As a spectator sport, it was quite something.
Can you believe it’s our fifth Christmas Challenge?
I’m so grateful for your prompts! They’ve helped me write when I thought I couldn’t even bear to get a single word on the page. (-: Still working on my story for today’s post, but my goodness, it’s a great set of words!
And here it is: https://eightladieswriting.com/2018/12/22/michaeline-a-christmas-ghost-story/
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