The Official Writing Challenge
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This story is rich in atmosphere, and your characters are very likeable. It reminds me to be more aware of the footprints I am leaving.
08/01/15
Oh, my goodness, I could read this one on and on. I loved the dialect and the purpose of the story. You should make this one into a book! I would buy it in a New York second.

Blessings~
08/01/15
Very atmospheric and I love your voice in this story. I've no idea why but I was back in the days of Huckleberry Finn. It's donkey's years since I saw it on black and white TV. You've done a great job with this and I would have liked more of it. A book next please.
08/01/15
I love this!! Love the accents, the story, the ending, but most of all, the truth of how one man living for God can make such an impact on people's lives. Great job!
08/02/15
You've drawn us into your character's thoughts and voice so persuasively as we explore the scenario with you.
I will remember this piece. I think your portrayal of the impact of the pastor on your MC and the rapport between the two was exceptional. Fantastic piece!
08/03/15
Brilliant!

Nothing more to say!

God bless~
Wow, this is stunning. I have a lump in my throat. I fell in love with your MC from the first paragraph. Oh to have an understanding mind like that! The sad thing is most people wouldn't appreciate it, calling him slow or special. This piece speaks volumes and will touch people in many ways.

I noticed a couple of commas that shouldn't be there and some semicolons that should have been commas, but it's miniscule in the scheme of how wonderful this story is.

The timing of it is great too, which just shows how God worked through you. My minister of 18 years was just transferred to another church. I know that shouldn't affect me, but it does. I don't want to go to church. Your MC taught me how Jesus would want me to behave. I tend to me a bit stubborn in those situations, so I'm also sure God is grateful to you because now he won't have to pester me about it anymore. Message received, and I am changing my attitude. Thank you!
08/05/15
This was a touching piece that brought tears to my eyes. The MC was a great storyteller, and you could see how much impact both his mom and pastor made in his life. The oak tree made a visual image in my mind to remember how we can influence people by how we live for the Lord.
08/05/15
This is great storytelling. Your MC's voice is so strong, it makes it easy to relate to him. And what a good lesson! Emotional!
08/06/15
Congratulations!

God bless~
08/06/15
Zach,
Congratulations on your first place win in the EC. You have such a flair for writing. I can't wait to read your first book.
I'm so happy for you. I loved your story and am delighted to see it on top. Happy Dance!
08/06/15
WOW! First place EC! Congratulations and well deserved. Now you can write the book... please.
08/06/15
Zach,

Congratulations on your well-deserved 1st place EC award!

This is such a touching reminder of the influence we have in others lives and the influence they have on us.
08/06/15
Congratulations on your first place win! It's well deserved. Your MC's voice was strong and engaging and the message of your story clear. Great writing!
08/06/15
Congrats on your EC win. Your article is in the top ten of my favorites in the challenge ever.
08/06/15
Congratulations. Your entry has been placed Zacly where it should be. Well done.
08/06/15
Your writing here is masterful, stunning. This is excellent on many levels. Congrats on your well-deserved 1st place award.
So glad to see this do so well. Congratulations!
08/08/15
Brilliantly written piece for this topic. Congratulations!
08/09/15
Well, I'm quite in love with this beautiful story! May we all be so faithful and have such a grace-filled pen!