Sunday, February 27, 2011

Writing Challenge

I was googling writing competitions and ran across one where entrants were to write the first line of a novel. The only rule was it had to be 25 words or less and had to include the words lucky, charm, and calamity. Judges would pick the sentence that intrigued them most. This made me curious. What would you guys write, and which one of my sentences would you pick? Here's what I came up with.

1. I fingered the silver charm, thinking how lucky I was that at least it had survived the horrible calamity otherwise known as my mother's life.
 2. His luck was feigned, but his charm was intoxicating, and it drew me into the calamity like all the other girls who came before me.  
So, show me what you're made of! What sentences can you guys come up with? Remember to follow the rules. Feel free to post your creations in a comment, and don't forget to let me know which one of my sentences you think I should enter in the contest. Hope you're having a great weekend! :)


  1. Thanks, Carlyn! I kind of like that one also. :)

  2. Thanks, Casey! That's two votes for sentence number two. :)

  3. I like them both!

    Here's a silly one: After my fifth bowl of Lucky Charms, I started thinking my life was less of a calamity as I slipped into a food coma.

    Heh. I tried.

  4. I vote on the second. It draws me in faster than the first :D

  5. Cute. ^.^

    Nice idea for a contest.

  6. Thanks! I wish I could take credit for the contest idea, but I stole it from someone else. lol

  7. 1. Calamity Jane didn't need some old trader's charm to get lucky, she could take down these darn indians all on her own.

    2. "The charm will get you lucky," she promised, "It'll be like this...'calamity' never even happened; you can forget all about those damn Teletubbies."

    And for you, I vote for the first one. Because the second one says "luck," not "lucky" and I'd hate for you to be disqualified. ;)
    Also, I knew it wasn't your idea, I was just saying in general it's a nice contest. :)

  8. Thanks for your comment, lithiawood. I like number 1 for you. Way to think outside of the box! I'm so glad you pointed out my little mistake. I hadn't even realized I'd used luck instead of lucky. You're the first one to notice, and I don't think I would have caught it without you. You're a lifesaver!

  9. Thanks! I submitted it. ^.^

    And no problem! I hope you can work the extra 'y' into your sentence. :)