Here are the April 2017 #StoryWords - Good Luck!
This contest has ended. Check out the Winner's Story!
How to Play
#StoryWords is a Twitter challenge for writers looking for a creative writing exercise. On March 31st, watch for the initial post for #StoryWords which will list the 30 word prompts to be used in crafting your story (or come back here for an update to this post). You will have all 30 words for Day 1 (April 1st), but you should only post one line per day per story. Feel free to write as many stories as you'd like, but on Day 1, use the Day 1 word prompt.
For the ease of finding and reading your story, announce that you are participating with an opening tweet that says something like "Count me in for #StoryWords in April" and include the genre tag and a title for the story you're crafting. From this initial tweet, add comments for each day of the month, one comment per day, using the word of the day.
I will be picking my favorites stories to post on my web page and will link back to your announcement post. If you want to be considered for being a "favorite pick," tag me in the announcement post as well. I will not pick someone as a winner if they have not tagged me because I will assume they want to participate on the down-low instead.
Here's an example of an announcement post:
I'm in for #StoryWords in April with "Earth's Great Beginning." #SciFi @Richelle_Renae
Be sure to read and retweet other participants' stories! For best results, retweet the participants' announcement tweet so everyone can read their story from the beginning.
Throughout the month, search for #StoryWords posts and like or retweet your favorites. At the end of the month, search for #StoryWords again to find everyone's full stories.
Want to see how I did this in the month of March?
I created a story using the Descriptive Writing Challenge words created by @noelle_nichols in March, 2017. Noelle's challenge was to get us writers to work on writing better descriptions, but my first couple posts felt like the start of a story and I ran with it.
My big mistake was not posting comments on my initial Day 1 tweet to keep the story all in one string. (That's how I recommend you do it if you join in the fun for this writing challenge.) At any rate, you can click the link below, scroll to the bottom, and then work your way up to read my story.
Here is my #WIPwords story.
How will I pick the "winners?"
I'm going to pick winners by how well the story is developed, starting with a great Day 1 hook. Your story needs to have a clear beginning, middle, and end just like a normal story arc has. It should have some sort of conflict/resolution going on.
If we break the 30 days into the typical story arc, the first quarter (7 or 8 days) will be for building a hook, introducing characters and scene and starting the MC on some journey. The next 14-16 days will be building up some momentum and conflict. And the last quarter or so should be the dramatic arc and resolution.
Please note, I will not pick Erotica as a winner because my genre is YA and I would like to keep this contest as family-friendly as possible. Doesn't mean you can't participate with that genre and share with all your friends, but just be aware of Twitter's policies about content. Beyond that, I don't care which genre you choose - I like to read everything.
When will winners be announced?
I will do my very best to announce winners within a day or two of the end of the month, however, this all depends on the number of participants.
What do the winners get?
Winners get bragging rights! What could be better than that (besides a gift card or a free book or cold hard cash - yeah yeah, I get it)? Oh, and winners will also get a link from my page. Heck, I'll even throw in a link to your website or book promo page if you tweet the link to me.
Ready to play? See you on March 31st!