What Will You Write? #1 – Neptune

Welcome to the inaugural What Will You Write?

This is a series of writing challenges that I will post roughly every one to two weeks.  Each time, I’ll provide you with the beginning of a scene, and anyone who wants to attempt to finish the scene can give it a try.  I will also be providing you with the genre or type of story.  Please read my original post for more information.

Now, the rules are simple.

  • First, read what I’ve written.
  • Second, copy it and finish writing the scene.  Please keep your portion of the writing at less than 500 words.
  • Then, post your story to your blog.
  • Make sure you link back to this post so others can come and join in.
  • Make a post in the comments below with a link back to your post (it’s likely that if you use WordPress, there’ll be a pingback, but please leave a comment with the link nevertheless).

The deadline is 5 days from now.  Let’s make that 3:00 pm GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on May 30th.  If it’s within a couple hours after that, I can accept it, but I don’t want to be too lenient.  I have to judge them all sometime.

After the deadline, I’ll read all of the entries and decide on who I think wrote the best scene.  Originality is very important.  I will judge it based on which one grabs my attention the most.  Once I’ve decided, I’ll post the winning story with a link back to the writer’s original post.  After that, I’ll include links back to everyone else’s entry so you can see what everyone wrote.

Now, because of this blog’s theme, I’m going to be asking you to write in the genre I write it, science fiction.  Here is the beginning of the scene:

Conrad opened his eyes to a view of a massive blue globe.  He jerked back and twisted around in the microgravity.  He touched something solid in front of him.  A window.

He pushed against the window and turned around.  Conrad scanned the small room, no larger than a public bathroom stall, and empty except for an EV spacesuit and door.  He studied the view through the window.  Neptune, he thought.  How did I get here?

Good luck everyone!

56 thoughts on “What Will You Write? #1 – Neptune”

  1. Haha, it’s been a very long minute since I attempted sci-fi. Maybe this is the kind of exercise I need to kick my ass into gear. Hope I do it some justice.

      1. His has a humor element that vaguely reminds me of infinitefreetime’s writing. Could be that both are sci fi and have a punch line.

  2. Very interesting…the wheels are turning already. I’m going to have to avoid reading what other people have written so that it doesn’t spoil the “first impression”-ness of it all. 😀

    Also, this gives me a great reason to write something new to post on Fiction Fragment Friday, so thanks for that! lol

    1. Hopefully that makes the deadline 🙂 And good point about not reading other entries. But since I’m judging, I can read all I want!

      1. It’ll be really close, but after converting GMT to ADT, my entry should be up 1 hour before closing time. lol

        Are you excited? I’d be excited. I’d love to see what everyone comes up with from my own prompt! 😀

        1. That should be fine. I’ll even give a little extra time, since the deadline is a bit late for me, and I wouldn’t see any entries until the next day.

          I’m excited! I’m loving the response to this 🙂

    1. Okay, thanks. I’ll read it after the deadline, so I can read everyone’s at the same time.

      I have so many ideas for this challenge. I’m going to provide some interesting themes and genres, and hopefully everyone will attempt them, even if it takes them out of their comfort zone.

    1. Thanks for joining. I’ll be doing different genres all the time, so it’ll be interesting to see everyone write out of their comfort zone.

            1. Pretty damn good, really, since the word spreads by people actually doing the challenge. I bet you’ll be getting tons of people by the fourth or fifth one. 🙂

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