It is never too early, but you could leave it too late…
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3words in September is only going to last 10 days.
Here is partly why:
- a 10-day commitment is easier
- more people might participate
- there is a days 6-10 incentive*
- there is a free 3words Redux eBook**
* If you participate and post links to your stories for the first 5 days, then you will be allowed to suggest words to be used as prompts in the last 5 days. AT LEAST ONE will be accepted IF you continue to post on days 6-10.
** If you post links to your story for each of the 10 days I will send you a pdf copy of 3words Redux, or a file which you should be able to paste into your Kindle documents folder so it will read like a ‘normal’ eBook.
A rules reminder:
- each day, 3words are posted here
- each day, participants write some fiction, including those 3words (I suggest 100 words, but more or less is fine, as it suits) your wants/needs
- we repeat until our story or the set number of days is complete, in this case 10/1000 words
- it can be a self-contained tale, part of something larger, or individual snapshots
As for base initiator this month… As previously mentioned in an August blog post, we will be inspired by a line that Lacey Reah used in a reply to one of my Google+ posts, and begin our story immediately after this happens:
He gave me a fun drive by kiss as he flew past me. I didn’t know if I should feel flattered or violated.
And so here we are. Well, I say ‘we’… 😉
Like I posted earlier, ‘we’ are going to be inspired by one or more of the girls on vickiedoodles’ site here:
Oh, and if you visit/link vickiedoodles’ site please keep everything appropriate. Thank you
Would you like a ‘rules’ reminder?
- I post 3words every day for the duration of the story
- ‘we’ write 100 words of an ongoing story each day
- ‘we’ repeat these two steps until ‘we’ reach the final day
Ok, so here are the day1 3words… CONFESS – CIRCLE – CONTACT.
And part1 of my story…
“I know one of you did it, and I won’t stop till I find out which.”
I glared at each of the six girls in turn, forcing them into a moment’s direct eye contact, hoping one might look away, thereby confessing. But none did, and I knew I shouldn’t have expected it to be that easy.
They were sitting in a circle in the garden, while I paced around the outside of them, thinking that by forcing them to see the others it might also provoke a confession. But, again, I wasn’t confident.
“Okay,” I said. “Who wants to start?”
I’m not focusing on this until later, but wanted to let you know what the inspiration behind this month’s story prompt will be…
Victoria da Silva has kindly allowed us to use one or more of her lovely girl doodles to be our inspiration. They can be found here:
So, please go have a look, choose one or more or them all, and prepare to begin your story. I’ll be back with the words in around 4-5 hours, as I usually focus on them after eight, after all the stuff I HAVE to do is done.
Also, be aware that Victoria has her own challenge, and would like you to share short stories about her doodles, be they part of your August 3words or something else stand alone. Please play along.
Yep, you heard right. 🙂
Slightly different cover to the eBook
but now available at CreateSpace
link to be updated when… updated. 🙂
Again, thanks to JOY VANN for providing the title to one of the stories – you are mentioned at least twice in the book. As will be any other future competition winner. 🙂
Back to the editing ‘grind’… Although it so far hasn’t been, because I’ve loved everything I’ve worked on, so there’s that.
Then I completed the paperback upload/design for 3words Redux, so I hope to announce that tomorrow, assuming all looks good. Current cover:
And then I inserted the BE AWARE warning into TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE:
Without the bubble. So, I hope that helps. Thanks, all, for your thoughts on the same.
Oh, and yesterday I was directed towards a FABULOUS new (to me, anyway) writer, who I will be reviewing tomorrow, when I finish reading her second book. I am in awe of her writing, and emailed her regarding a couple of things, and am equally in awe of her response. She seems to be the kind of young woman I would have loved to have been twenty years ago. Well, if I’d been a woman, of course. But her style, her phrasing… well, more tomorrow. 🙂
Yes, that’s right – I managed to NOT focus on my EconomyEdits job for the weekend, the first two consecutive days I’ve not client-edited since I began.
Thanks for the ok, Nicole. 😉
On top of that, I actively worked on ME things. First, I tarted up all the 3words shorts that I wanted to include in the collection. Then I created an eBook. And then I began working on the paperback version (give it a couple of days – tomorrow’s busy, and I’m back on the job again :)).
Oh, and I finished reading my novel TELL ME SOMETHING TRUE. I don’t like to toot my own horn, but… Man, I enjoyed reading that. I do think the intentional typos could be an issue, though, so will be stop-gapping that tomorrow or Tuesday by adding a “WARNING: TYPOS AHEAD!” type page at the start. And then see from there.
But today is more about 3words Redux now being available on Amazon as an eBook, and can be found here:
I do like that cover. 🙂
And don’t forget – 3words August will be upon is in just a few days… so please seriously think about committing just 10 minutes a day to an ongoing story. You never know – you may love it! Obviously, I think you will. 🙂