Writing prompts are a good way to exercise your creativity or help you get started on something you’ve been wanting to begin. “Agent Courtney” (Vicky Alvear Shecter’s agent) has a writing prompt contest now through Aug. 26, 2011. The winner will get a query letter critiqued. Just go with this beginning sentence: “The last thing he remembered was…”
See Agent Courtney’s instructions on her blog: http://agentcourtney.blogspot.com/2011/07/writing-prompt-2.html?spref=fb
And here’s my own entry, a way to nudge myself on that Civil War historical novel I’ve been wanting to write. Good luck, everyone.
The last thing he remembered was the sweet summer morning—and a lingering stillness. A tangle of Confederate jasmine clutched the fence post to his left, and Jacob detected this familiar fragrance of home even as he lay on the ground with his rifle, waiting for the signal to attack. He would never forget the wet grass, the warm, honeyed air, and the soft hum of such an unspoiled, early morning.