I know, NaNoWriMo has just begun and here I am updating my blog. Well, as a matter of fact, I already have 1244 words under my belt and while that is still a bit short of the recommended 1667 words, I'm happy with it for right now.
Some of you may know that I don't only concentrate on writing for children, I also dabble in essays and adult fiction and poetry. I figure I should diversify and try a little bit of everything until I find my passion genre.
Although I have a large box filled with story ideas, I really enjoy prompts. I usually jump at the chance to try my hand at writing a short story from an idea, a sentence, or even a word supplied by a market.
One of the markets I've submitted to in the past is The First Line. A publication of Blue Cubicle Press, LLC, The First Line is published quarterly. Their mission is to jump start an author's imagination. Each issue contains short stories that all start with a common first line. The First Line is an exercise in creativity and shows readers how even though we are all starting from the same place, writers can branch out in many different directions.
Every story MUST start with the given sentence. No variations are allowed.
Every November, the prompts for the following year are chosen. Please feel free to visit the website and expand your horizons.