Writing contests are a fun way to get your work seen by others. It’s also a great way to come up with ideas of your own when your faced with the torturous struggle of writers block. Focusing on a short story for someone else helps me when I start to struggle on my own writings. I believe part of it is because it helps to quiet the mind. Some of the decisions are already made for us because of the writing contest rules. Fan fiction has the same allure. We already know about the characters. We are allowed to place our favorite characters into our own fantasy situations.
When I started writing The Bewitching I had several things in mind. First, I wanted it to be a trilogy where each chapter would make a good movie and appeal to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight fans. My second goal was to write it in a way that there would be multiple ways to turn it into a television show. The way the book’s written it can be made into a Buffy the Vampire like series in the modern time. I also had a second idea in mind. When I was younger I was a fan of the television show Sliders and Quantum Leap.
These shows were written in a way that the possibilities were endless in where each show could go. In Sliders the characters would jump to different dimensions, worlds that were only limited by the writer’s imagination. Quantum Leap revolved around the lead character taking over bodies of different people in different time periods. For instance, in one episode he found himself as the body-guard of Marilyn Monroe. In another he found himself in the body of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the famous sex therapist.
I left those possibilities open with The Bewitching in a similar way. There are little bits and pieces of the character’s past lives. While writing about their past lives I researched some of the attire from those periods, what was going on in certain time periods with wars, or the routes people traveled and places they populated. While the first book didn’t go into a lot of detail, the second and third I hope to include more of that research.
I believe there are a lot of possibilities in a writing contest for the past lives part of my novel. I’m sure there are ideas I haven’t even thought of with ways to incorporate real history with The Bewitching characters. With some of the stories I’ve seen on Wattpad I’m sure there are those who can come up with some amazing possibilities. So here are the rules for the first ever The Bewitching writing contest.
Writing Contest Rules
- The characters used must either be Dantes, Elyssa, Annette, Alicia, or Tobias in any combination together or by themselves
- Remember the last time Elyssa and Dantes were together was during the Salem Witch Trials. If your story has both of them after that time period, but before the present, they must not be aware of one another
- The story must be no shorter than 2,000 words and no longer than 4,000 words.
- Bonus points if you can incorporate any type of ancient or spiritual symbols that fit your story
- More bonus points if you can mix the story with an event in history and place the characters in that setting
- Multiple entries are allowed
- You can email me your entry on FB at The Bewitching Fan Page and put The Bewitching Writing Contest as the subject
- The contest ends September 30th and winners will be posted by October 14th.
You can find an example of one of the past lives in chapter 13 of The Bewitching – Memories of a Lost Love. While that chapter deals with a flashback of a past life, for the writing contest feel free to write the story as if it’s actually happening.
I’ll post the top 5 stories on both of my websites at MartinDouglas.info, TheBewitching.com, along with several social networks I have set up on the web. If you’re on Wattpad I’ll give you a shout out there so all my followers can find you. For those who haven’t noticed, in the last week alone my followers have gone from around 13 up to over 250+. I have some things I’m working on currently that should increase that number even more, along with a feature spot that’s been mentioned by the Wattpad managers. That’s a lot of possible followers that will be able to find your work through me.
If you’re up for a writing contest then I’m up for checking out all the great stories you can write. I’ll be posting updates for the writing contest on The Facebook Bewitching Fan Page and The Google+ Bewitching Fan Page for those who’d like to follow me there. You can also follow on my personal fan page on Facebook at Martin Douglas or on Google+ at Martin Douglas.
For those who may have missed it, besides the writing contest we still have The Bewitching character contest that is still open for entries posted here!