Reader’s Choice Winner

A few months ago I entered my first flash fiction contest with my short story entitled “The Clockmaker.” The contest sponsors—HIS Writers (ACFW’s North Denver Chapter) and Harpstring Magazine—contacted me in October with the wonderful news that my story was selected as one of the ten finalists and would be published in a special edition of Harpstring.

This last Saturday the special edition was released, and I received the surprising news that my story was selected as the “Reader’s Choice Story.” I am so honored to have been chosen for this award!

As a lover of fiction, I’m enjoying reading the great stories in the magazine. Chris Richards and Written World Communication did an amazing job in designing the special edition. And HIS Writers coordinated a professional and well-organized contest. Online and hard copies of the special edition magazine are available through Mag Cloud.

The idea for “The Clockmaker” first came to me three years ago. In a file where I keep story ideas, I jotted down the idea of a clockmaker who is always late for everything. At that time, I didn’t have a specific plot in mind or a cast of characters, just a writing prompt that I might one day develop into a story.

A week before the submission deadline for this contest, I still hadn’t settled on a story idea to write about and was on the verge of giving up when I  found the  clockmaker idea in my story database. The idea sparked my imagination and from there the characters and story came to life for me.

Through this experience, I’ve learned about the value of writing down story ideas and prompts and revisiting those ideas regularly.

BEEing A Writer Questions: What methods do you use to capture story ideas? Share an example of how you have used your story idea database to create a short story or novel.

6 comments on “Reader’s Choice Winner

  1. I am incredibly proud of your writing accomplishments. I know your writing has been a labor of love and obedience. I have always admired your steadfast attempts to follow the purpose and gifting that you believed God had bestowed upon you. You have a true gift, you have been faithful and now your diligence has been rewarded. I am sure this is just the first door that The Lord will open wide for you. Good job!

    • Aww thanks, Maryellen! Your kind words and encouragement mean so much to me. I’m so blessed to have people like you in my life. :0)

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