Shapeshifting Winners of #106

May 23, 2017

Greetings, Ghoul Friends!

Whew! I don’t know what the weather’s like where you are, but it is currently quite cloudy and rainy here outside of Birmingham, AL, today. I’m not going to lie, though.

I quite like this weather!

What is it about cloudy, rainy days that makes some of us want to curl up in a soft blanket with a candle and good book? I don’t know, but that’s exactly what I want to do right now.

Alas, there is writing to be done, which, honestly, could be an excellent substitute for that “good book”! I really need to find a book to read. I don’t quite know what interests me when it comes to literature. I just know that a book has to grip me within the first few pages if I’m going to actually read, especially since I’m a tragically slow reader. But that’s a lot of pressure to place on just a few pages–the requirement to have sufficient information and intrigue to grip someone, to draw someone in and make them want to continue reading. What makes for a good opener? What makes for the perfect first line? How can we be most engaging with our opening pages? I think these are questions all writers struggle with, and when you only have 750 words (or 52 or 13, etc.), it can be quite challenging to figure out just what will grip your readers best. For us independent, blogging writers, most of our readers are random passerbys and the devoted fans (however few) that we’ve garnered over the years. For those few, we often already have them hooked because they enjoy our writings thus far, but we want to maintain them. At the same time, we want to earn new readers, regular readers, regularly. Constantly. And there lies the conundrum that is writing. How do you write something that is worth reading? How do you write something others will (or might) enjoy? I think the first step is to simply start writing. Your pieces won’t be for everyone. Heck, they may not be for anyone in particular, but someone, somewhere, might enjoy it. So write! Put it out! Toss fear to the wind.

Alrighty then! Let’s get to our winner’s announcement!

The winner of the SHAPESHIFTING 13 CHALLENGE #106 is:

Ilya of Eels are Manatees with At least it’s not Cross-Fit.


Give yourselves a pat on the back! Check back in tomorrow for our Shapeshifting 13 Challenge #107 where your word limit will be 13 words.

Until next time, au revoir, and SHARE THE GEEKDOM!

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