March 31, 2011
by Carol Hornung
Quote of the Day. . .
“Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’” – Jef Mallett, creator of the comic strip Frazz, 07-29-07
Fifth Tuesday . . .
And the winner is Andrea Kirchman for her writing challenge story, “The Interview”.
Said judge and Madison College creative writing instructor John Galligan, Andrea’s story was the best of the best because of the dramatic tension she built into it, that she had done it in the fewest words. “We readers are looking for tension and conflict all the time,” he said. “In this one, both characters have a dramatic need. And what a great first line: The first thing I saw, when Katie Tinder took the bag off my head, was her smile.”
Fourteen writers submitted pieces. The stories John selected for runner-up honors are “Bears in Space: Interview with Roz”, Greg Spry; “The Match of the Century: Knightmare vs The Author”, Aaron Boehm; “Meet You on the Mountain”, John Schneller; “Interview with a Monster”, Clayton Gill; and “The Interview”, Cathy Riddle.
For Andrea’s win, she will receive a critique of the first 50 pages of her novel from John and dinner on the town for four with John. Her challenge is printed below. To read all of the writing challenges, click here: http://tuesdayswithstory.com/writing-contest-3292011/
Plan now to be a part of our next Fifth Tuesday! It’s May 31. Second-and-fourth group hosts.
Andrea Kirchman’s winning Writing Challenge:
Andrea Kirchman, second-and-fourth
The first thing I saw, when Katie Tinder took the bag off my head, was her smile.
“You wanted to interview me?” she asked.
She dropped the bag on the floor and took a seat across the table. I looked down and saw an elaborate duct tape spider web cris-crossing my chest and biceps. I glared at her. She laughed and leaned her chair back against the wall. Propping her dirty cowboy boots on the edge of the table, she swept her right hand towards me. “Please, begin.”
My mind was racing. I was furious with how she had tricked me, but I also knew that any interview was going to be on her terms.
“Do you hit everyone on the head who wants to talk to you or is that just an honor reserved especially for me?” I asked. (more…)