I haven't talked about my writing in awhile. It's been a couple of months, actually, since I'm made more than a passing remark about The Sandcastle's Way, and I haven't talked about any other sorts of writing, either! What's gotten into me?!
So I'm here to change that. First of all, I am super psyched to announce that I made it into the top twenty finalists of Stephanie Morrill's writing contest! Stephanie Morrill is a published author who runs the blog Go Teen Writers, which is full of great advice, tips and information directed at teen writers hoping to write a novel and/or get one published. Every few weeks, she hosts a writing contest where she gives a prompt, and then teens and young adults write a short entry. The idea is to use the prompt to craft a one-hundred-word beginning of a story, almost like the opening of a novel. Something to hook readers and lure them in, but that doesn't try to tell the whole story.
Often, there are as many as eighty to ninety entries, and published authors judge them. This is how Stephanie explains the scoring system: