Writing Contest // Sample Story – Storms

Hey People! Only three more days until y’all need to have your writing contest entries sent in. There’s several of y’all who’ve said you’d like to enter but haven’t gotten your stories in yet. Now’s the time to do it. 🙂 

Here’s a quick review of the rules:
1. The story should be between 300-500 words
2. No Horror or Magic 
3. The stories are due on or before July 4th, 2014 
You can email me the story at aidylewoh(at)gmail(dot)com

After I get the stories, I’ll pick my favorite three and post them on my blog, then y’all will vote on the winner. The prize will be this amazing, fun, and adventuresome DVD: 

I’m going to post a random, sample story again. How I do this is I go on Pinterest, pick a picture that looks interesting, set my stopwatch and write.

Time: 17.50 Minutes
Wordcount: 432
Hardest Part: None  

Clouds amassed themselves over the castle, threatening us with rain much the same way my father threatened the people with taking away the peace. It was useless to argue, useless to try and stop the clouds… Or my father. All I could do was stand back and watch in sorrow as the driving forces of weather and power slowly eroded the land I’d always loved. 
“If anyone could turn this nightmare around, it would be you.” Eldron’s voice beside me was calm, assured. 
“He doesn’t listen to me.” I didn’t want to go through the argument again. Crossing my hands behind my back, I rocked back and forth on the balls of my feet. “He never did. Even when I was  a child, telling him that I was hungry or tired bought not response. I was there to do his bidding. Not to have a mind of my own.” I kept my voice expressionless, as if reading a monotonous law.  
“He doesn’t listen to you, but the people might.” 

I whirled around to face him, “Eldron, are you saying I should fight against my own father?” I tried to unleash the shock I should be feeling, so he wouldn’t know, wouldn’t guess, that I’d been pondering doing that very thing.
“No, that’s not what I’m suggesting. Unite the people.” 

“What? So they’ll be crushed in a rebellion?” I raised my eyebrow and tipped my head in the saucy manner I knew he hated. So he wouldn’t know my true feelings. So he’d  get sidetracked. I’d gone over all these scenarios before. Hours at night when I should have been sleeping. Each and every time the story ended the same way: bloodshed.

“No. Not a rebellion. Maybe if the king sees the people united for a common cause and they petition him in the right way, then he’ll consent to changing the laws.” 
“Not likely.” I snort out a bitter laugh. 
“What other choice do we have?” 
A single candle flickered in my otherwise darkened chamber. Sitting on the windowsill, I watched as lightning shot across the cloud darkened sky. The booming of thunder made me think of cannons. Closing my eyes, I imagined my country ruined by war. Torn with bitterness, death and struggle. 
Unite the people. Let your father see that they care. That they’re willing to work together. That our country can be strong. Eldron’s words felt louder than the thunder unnerving me. 
“Alright. I’ll try it.” Even though no one heard me, I knew it was a step in the right direction and there was no turning back now. 

One thought on “Writing Contest // Sample Story – Storms

  1. David H says:

    Wow Lydia, you inspire me with your talent… your “talent” that I've seen you spend countless hours on day and night. You're an inspiration. That short story written in a short amount of time really impresses and inspires me to be all I can be. Thanks girl!


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