Thursday, January 10, 2013

Announcing: The Word Master Challenge

Yesterday, another thought struck me as to how to make MFB even more fun for you ladies and gents.

I present to you:



The idea of the Word Master Challenge is simple. Every month, (except possibly April), I'll announce a theme for the challenge. It'll be writing related in some way, but I'll try to make every theme a little different. The winner of the month's challenge wins a voucher to the internet book vendor of their choice or a 10 chapter crit from me.

January's challenge will be:

How Not to Write a Novel Beginning.


In less than 300 words, I want to see your idea of the WORST beginning you can possibly write. The funnier and more creative you are, the better. To make it easier for me, you have the WHOLE of January to enter, but you must please enter the SPECIFIC entry link into the linky list below.

I'll announce the winner and the new theme on 8 February.

Who's in? Any Questions?

49 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My worst? Not sure I'd want to win that! But funny idea. Bet the entries will be hilarious.

Misha Gericke said...

Hahahaha I think so too. The point is to be terrible on purpose. ;-P

shelly said...

When do we post our beginning bloopers? That was not clear.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Misha Gericke said...

You can post it today, if you want, or any day in January as long as you put the entry link in the list afterwards.

I did it like this to give you all time to think about and post something awesome. So when you're ready, feel free to enter. :-)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It was a dark and stormy night! Oh the cliche fun.

Azia said...

I already have so many ideas in my head-- basically all the "no-no's" my professor listed off in my intro class so many years ago. might have to try this out! ha!

Rena said...

Worst ideas? Hmm, I may have to give that a shot. We'll see, though, cause I have some humdingers.

Misha Gericke said...

Hehehe yeah I can't wait to see what you all come up with. :-D

Misha Gericke said...

That'll be brilliant. You could even tell him/her you won a writing competition using them all. If you do it well, of course. :-P

Misha Gericke said...

For once, that's a good thing. ;-)

Susanne Drazic said...

Sounds interesting.

Misha Gericke said...

Glad you think so. :-)

michelle said...

Your word master series sounds interesting! I can imagine the amount of fun you're gonna have reading all these entries... he! he!

Rose Munevar said...

This should be easy- I'm such a novice I've been making every mistake in the book quite naturally!

Torggil said...

I have to do this. 300 words? can do. You should post the top five in February.

I've never taken a writing course, so I'll have to just wing it. Write something I wouldn't want to read.

Michael Pierce said...

Writing a beginning so terrible that it becomes awesome...that will be a challenge. Haha. Very cool idea. I love the idea of posting the top 5...the best of the worst...so would that be the bottom 5?

Misha Gericke said...

hehehe yeah I can't wait!

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha then you should definitely enter. If you win the crit, I might be a lot of help. ;-)

Misha Gericke said...

Great idea! I'm definitely going to do a top five best of the worst. :-D

Also, you have a very logical approach, sir. Kudos.

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha that is indeed a good question to wrap my mind around...

Suzanne Furness said...

These should make for excellent reading! I spend so long thinking about how to get it right.

Nick Wilford said...

I can definitely do bad... but so bad it's good will take work! OK, I'm in for this. It'll be fun reading the entries!

Cathy Keaton said...

This should be the only writing contest I can actually hope to win! I'll think about it. It sounds really fun! ;)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Darn I accidentally put in my blog link in the linky. Could you delete it for me until I get my own post up for this contest. Anyway I really like this idea and I'm already brimming with different writing scenes.

Kimberly Gabriel said...

What a great idea! I'll include this in my next Contest Circuit post - should be this Monday. ;)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I'm in. My entry is today (Friday the 18th), entitled : THE CLABBERED WINTER SKY. I hope it makes you smile.

CBame13 said...

I wrote as if I was 8... and not really paying attention or even sure what I was writing. Hope you like it!

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

I think I should just post some of the beginnings I wrote when I first started out. They could probably win this. They are so awful.

J.L. Campbell said...

Sounds cool, Misha. I won't promise to enter, since I might forget, but we'll see.

Tamara said...

This was a lot of fun, Misha! Thanks for the awesome challenge. :)

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha yeah the posts entered so far are such fun!

:-D

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha excellent! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Misha Gericke said...

Hahahaha I hope you'll join. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Excellent! Deleted the link as requested. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Thanks!

Misha Gericke said...

Oh that it did. :-D

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha I do. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha to be awful is easy. To be funny while doing it is the trick.

Misha Gericke said...

Hope you do, Joy. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Thanks for entering! :-)

Alice said...

Sucessfully entered!

Misha Gericke said...

Thanks!

Deniz Bevan said...

What a fun idea! I hope to have time to participate in the next one!

Crystal Collier said...

Yay! I HAD to participate. This was too fun. Thanks for putting it together, Misha.

Rusty Webb said...

This sounds amazingly awesome. I'm all in. I'll try to have my post up on Friday.

Nick Wilford said...

I just finished my entry and will have it posted tomorrow. I hope you "enjoy" it!

Nick Wilford said...

Entered! Thanks for this, Misha. :)

Lexa Cain said...

What an interesting idea for a challenge. I bet you'll have a great time reading the entrie4s! :-)

Bethie said...

What a fun challenge. I'm sorry I missed January's as I have some "pretty awfully written" begininngs. Enjoyed reading some of the entries, though. I've got myself a reminder to check back on Feb. 8.