The Dark: Second submission – Writing Challenge – April

Subject: Creating a hook
Setting: Any
Time Period: Any
Length: Keep it short; 200 – 500 words
Restrictions: None
Due: April

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Lucy leaned back against the wall staring off into the darkness of the room. Outside the small house the sounds of the zombies rustling around could be heard. When the zombies moaned, Lucy would shut her eyes and think back to the good times before the virus outbreak that turned the dead to walking monsters. The sound of zombie moans forced her to think of how they once were living people with lives and family. It was just easier to think of them as monsters.

“Hey Lucy, where are my smokes?” Matt asked, walking into the room?

“Not sure, hun. Did Steve take them?”

“Nah, they are up stairs making out again.” Matt said with a laugh.

“Well, that’s how they deal with the situation,” Lucy replied, wishing that her and Matt were closer like that. He had drifted so far from her these past few days.

“Well, I’m going to pop out to the garage real quick. I had them out there earlier today.

“No! It’s still dark. Just wait until morning,” Lucy spoke raising her voice.

“I’ll just be a minute.”

Lucy stopped herself from yelling at him. These days he just does what he wants regardless of the danger. She placed her hand to her side running her fingers over the 38 pistol she had beside her. She heard the back door open and shut but no sounds of zombies. She sighed in relief.

The sound of a shotgun make her jump off the floor. Matt did not have a shotgun. “Steve! Kim! Get down here now!” She picked up her pistol and rushed to the back door.  With a quick look around to make sure there were no zombies, she ran to the garage door. Holding her pistol in front she ripped the door open. Inside, lay Matt on the garage floor, his chest blown open. Over him stood an older man with leathery skin, unkempt hair and a stringy beard. He looked at her in surprise with wild eyes that darted apart but did not lift his gun.

“He wasn’t a zombie!” Lucy screamed, squeezing the trigger to her pistol.

The gun went off striking the man in the shoulder causing him to drop the shotgun. Just then Steve and Kim rushed in behind her.

“Who is he?” Steve asked.

“He just killed Matt!” Lucy shouted out still pointing her gun. The man stood in place covering his hand over his shoulder wound.

“What?” Both Steve and Kim.

“He would have changed… I’d seen it in his eyes.” The strange man replied.

“You’re mad! He’s fine!” Lucy said.

“I bet he’d been acting strange… right?” The strange man asked.

Lucy’s suddenly recalled Matt’s recent behavior and distance from her.

Steve bend down to Matt’s body looking over the arms and legs. He rolled down the sock revealing a wrapped left leg. “Sorry Lucy, this man may be right. Looks like he was bitten.”

“How can you tell if someone is infected?” Kim asked.

The strange man looked around at the three. “The eyes… The eyes turn yellow.”

Lucy could tell this man was out of his mind. “He’s crazy! Matt’s eyes were normal.”

“I can see things that most folks can’t!” The strange man yelled and rolled up his pants with his right hand revealing a heavily scarred left leg. “They attacked me but I am immune to the virus.”

“How?” Kim asked.

The strange man shook his head. “I don’t know.”

“What do we do with him?” Steve asked. “He might have the answer to cure the virus!”

Lucy raised her gun once again, “Kill him!”

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April Writing Challenge Entry – A shot in the dark

Writing Challenge for April

Subject: Creating a hook

Setting: Any
Time Period: Any
Length: Keep it short; 200 – 500 words
Restrictions: None
Due: April

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The muzzle blast flashed from across the room. A sharp pain stung into Evets’ side. With a yelp of pain, Evets placed his hand over the wound and ducked behind the desk. He was uncertain how many there were out there but he knew he lacked a weapon to fight back. He felt the warmth of blood on his hand and knew he would not have long before he lost his strength. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath collecting his courage. He had to defeat his attackers for her sake. If he died here, there would be no one left to protect her.

Not a ghost of a chance – April Writing Challenge Entry

Writing Challenge for April

Subject: Creating a hook
Setting: Any
Time Period: Any
Length: Keep it short; 200 – 500 words
Restrictions: None
Due: April

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Billy tossed in his bed throwing the covers off to the side. He knew it was well past midnight but fear kept him awake. Soon whispers came from the dark corners of the room calling his name. The hair on the back of his neck stood up as he cupped his ears and tightly shut his eyes. Not Again! He told his parents of the voices but they did not believe him. They said it must be nightmares. Billy just turned eight years old and thought they should believe him. He was not their baby anymore.

Suddenly, the bottom of his bed moved as if someone sat on the edge of the mattress. His heart beat wildly as his breathing hastened. He dared not to look. The movement slowly crept up and over his legs in a chilling breeze. Billy covered his eyes with his hands still laying on his back. When the coldness reached his chest, he could take no more. He opened his eyes to see a ghostly face over his own. It was an image of a decayed old man with one eye and an empty eye socket. The ghastly head had shreds of hair descending down to its bony chin.  Billy gasped for air trying to scream. The ghostly figure, whispered in the familiar voice, “They are coming … and you must run!”

Writing Challenge – April

Writing Challenge for April

Subject: Creating a hook
Setting: Any
Time Period: Any
Length: Keep it short; 200 – 500 words
Restrictions: None
Due: April

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Often when we look over the many books on the shelf at the local store, we open the cover and read the first few words to see how the story starts. If we like it… we might buy it to read. If it is uninteresting or dull, we set it down and move on to the next.

Hooks are attention-getters that hook the reader into your story and keep them turning the pages. Suzannah Windsor Freeman wrote a great article on hooking the reader from the very first sentence. Give it a read over and think of a way to start a story that would be good enough to capture the reader’s interest.

This Challenge is just practicing a hook. There is no need to write a full out story, although if your hook is good enough, it may turn out to be the beginning of your next writing project.

http://writeitsideways.com/6-ways-to-hook-your-readers-from-the-very-first-line/

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