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7 September 2010, 09:10 PM   #1
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Sorry if it's off topic, but I'm entering a Missouri writing contest. The first prize is
up to a hundred dollars, but  you also get recognised in a lot of magazines. All the time,
I have a million ideas for tories. But now, I'm braindead! I don't get it at all. The
maximum word limit is five huindred, so that limits my topics. Help? Please and thankyou.

8 September 2010, 12:49 AM   #2
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What kind of help do you want?

8 September 2010, 01:56 AM   #3
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Woah, a contest? I love writing contests! Can you give me more info?

Well, type a short story on Microsoft Word so that you can quickly check the word count,
first of all. Just remember that when writing a short story, you can't have as much
detail. (But make sure to not under-detaliate......OK that's not a word ummmm don't have
like no detail. Add some, but not a lot. Make sense? No, didn't think so. XD)
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8 September 2010, 09:26 PM   #4
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Oh, thanks! I chose to write about the final day of the six years it hadn't rained in the

This is it for now.

"Okay, Mother." I call back to her from my upstairs 'bedroom'. I say it this way because
it's not truly a bedroom, more of an attic with a mattress. I used to have 

my own bedroom, a nice one too. And, it actually counted as a bedroom. But that was then,
before it stopped raining. Yes, I do mean stopped. It's been years since 

it rained. Six, to be exact. Six years of no crops. Would you be able to stand it? 

  "Hurry up, Katie!" my mother screams and I rush downstairs, finding my brothers at the
table. I'm the only girl in the family, at least the one who lives here. Apart 

from Mother, of course. The reason for this is because though I'm the thinner, small one,
I proved that  I could work. The rest of my sisters were sent to my aunt and uncles. 

      You're probably thinking I should have gone with them. But I had to stay with my
brothers. Mainly, my younger one. He can barely work so they debated over 

sending him off as well, until I stepped in and offered to teach him. I do most of his
work, since his small frame can't stand the 

dreadful heat. I also feed him, and help him whenever he needs it. You probably think it's
crazy, doing all this, when he's only a brother and not a child of mine. But 

mother and father refuse to care for him, complaining about the rest of their children. 

        "Katie!" Edmund, my younger brother cries and rushes over for a hug. I smile with
my dry, cracked lips and hug him back. An odd aroma comes from him and 

I pull back slightly, kneeling. 

"Have you taken a bath this morning?" I ask him, cocking my head to the side so he knows
I'm serious. 

He hesitates and looks down. 

"Finish breakfast and I'll get a basin of water ready." I say, turning to leave. But
before I get out I hear the worried voice of my mother question my own well being. 

"What about your breakfast, Katie?" she asks. Reluctantly, I turn around to face her. Her
blue eyes are shining, but her mouth is frowning and a small worry line shows 

on her forehead. She passes me a plate of meat and I grunt, thanking her. 

    I walk out the door, only to be welcomed by cold drops of water. Confused, I look up
to find it's raining. Impossible! It can't be! But it is. I drop the basin right 

their and I don't respond as it hits the floor. Because I'm already inside screaming for
my family to hurry 


 We spend the main part of the day outside. We only come in when Mother says we will get
sick. But I don't ever think that I could get sick of these little droplets of hope. 
 Tomorrow will be the start of a new life, the life I used to have. And it will turn out
positively lovely.

9 September 2010, 12:05 AM   #5
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I LOVE this part:
But I don't ever think that I could get sick of these little droplets of hope.
Very good! Do you think you could tell me about the contest and stuff? Is it like country wide or not.......cuz I'll feel pretty stupid if it's not.....
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9 September 2010, 09:30 PM   #6
Joined: 14 Mar 2010
Posts: 155
It's only for Missouri, sowwy ;(
But, if you search, '[your state's name] guild' you could find one like it.

9 September 2010, 11:23 PM    #7
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Oooh, I'ma try dat~ :P

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