Master Class 2014 Volume XI

Master Class 2014 Volume XI
May 14, 2014 4 Comments Master Class, Writing Stephanie Ayers

Storch-BadgeI know, I know. The professor is slacking. I suppose if I really want a good turn out, I should go back to this being weekly so people don’t forget. (Cue the Breakfast Club soundtrack floating in and Judd Nelson shooting his fist up in the air as “Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t you…forget about me!” plays in the background. You’re welcome!) Anyway…our last assignment came from Kiera Cass’s The Selection and you were challenged to use the following line to start or end your story: “When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic.”

The link up went live for two weeks and three works of fiction were submitted.

Carrie responded to her own prompt, shedding new light on Rachel and Amy’s friendship with the beautifully written Heart to Heart:

“It can be. You know that.” Rachel frowned as thoughts of her parents, tragically killed in this reality while doing mission work, flitted through her mind. She had difficulty picturing her straight laced, capitalist parents doing something selfless like traveling to Africa to help the poor. Amy cringed.

Tara’s Prize Patrol offers wit and enjoyment with tight writing about the mind of a mother:

Then there were the years when I though Ed McMahon was my grandfather, as much as Momma talked about how she just knew he’d show up at our front door one day. He never came, but I would wait at the big window in the fancy living room watching for his prize truck.

The professor got in on the assignment too, with an unique take on love and death. Here’s an excerpt from Ashes to Ashes:

It was at that moment I saw the shadow swallow the light in her eyes. She crumbled onto the bed fluidly. Her breaths were so shallow, I had to look hard to see her chest moving. When I moved to the bedside and grabbed her hand, she looked up at me, fear coloring the shadow in her eyes.

This week, I am choosing the new assignment. It comes from the first book in the Legends of the Dustwalker series. It is the opening line, but you have free liberty to use the line anywhere in your story. Here is the first line from Three by Jay Posey:



You have until Friday, May 23 at 11:59 PM EST to hand in your assignments. These can be from any genre, any length, any style of fiction, memoir, or non-fiction.

The linkup is now live.

Are you inspired? Ready? Set? Write!

Stephanie Ayers A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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    Tara R.

    I used the prompt to add a little to my Agatha story. Thanks!

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      Yay! I really enjoy that story!

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