Back in September I entered a "Flash Fiction" contest sponsored by the Colorado group of the ACFW -American Christian Fiction Writers. You can click on the icon to visit their website.
In this contest you are given a beginning line, an ending line, and a non sequiter that must be used somewhere in the first part of the story. Everyone gets the same lines. For this contest they were:
Opening line: 'There she was, Amy Gerstein, over by the pool kissing my father'
Closing line: 'That tear in her dress'
Non sequiter: 'a diamond bracelet in the back of the car'
Interesting, huh? I don't know how many entries there were, but I would love to know how many different stories were imagined based on those three lines.
Anyway, here comes the shameless self promotion: I won second place! My first contest win EVER! I wrote a story called "Escaping Amy Gerstein", and apparently the judge liked it - he called my ending clever! That just made my little heart sing. I am excited by the win, but the more amazing thing is that God provides encouragement and validation along our journey's just when we need it. Did I need to win to keep writing? No.Did I need to win to know that God has a purpose for my writing? No. Was it a really cool email to open? OH YEAH! In fact, I sat and reread it several times, just to let it soak in. If you want to see a list of the winners on the ACFW site just click on the icon below.
I think that God grants moments of encouragement to all of us and we need to remember to be thankful for each one. I never want to take a single blessing for granted, do you?
Take a moment a leave a comment. Tell us about a little blessing that made a big impact on you.
If you want to read my little story, click on the Flash Fiction contest tab and read away. Thanks for visiting today. I hope that Saturday is a wonderful day of rest and relaxation for you.