Okay, sharpen those pencils, people. The votes are in. Write the best single-sentence characterization and have them on my desk by August 11th midnight . . . well, the 12th in the morning so I can read them with my latte. Everyone stands a better chance of making a favorable impression if I read the entries with my morning coffee.
Here’s something to consider when you’re writing these sentences. Give your character ACTIONS that immediately show the reader who this person is–rich, poor, middle class, self-assured, eager, distracted.
Does your character enter a room, slouch in an over-stuffed chair, or turn to confront danger? When someone reads about your character do you want the reader to like him, be repelled by him, suspect, or envy him?
I’m waiting to read these and my judges should be back from summer vacation just in time to pick the winner. Good luck.
Oh, wait! I almost forgot the best part . . . THE PRIZE. Here’s what I think might be interesting. I’ll offer to send a book, probably one I’ve read and enjoyed (Thanks, Linda for that idea.), BUT I’ll offer an alternative as well. If you win and you want a chapter critique, I’ll give that instead of the book. So this time around you get to choose your prize.
Have fun. I’m looking forward to this contest.