Hello, phantoms and remnants.
Why do you look so down? Sure, things have ended or changed, but that’s not always bad, right? Sometimes you can’t help what life throws at you. Opportunities pass. It’s just how things are. Maybe it’s time to lay this all to rest , because…
This week’s Writing Group prompt is:
RULES AND GUIDELINES BELOW!
Make sure you scroll down and read them if you haven’t! You may not be eligible if you don’t!
Count on you lovely writers to choose something so amazingly flexible for interpretation. A prompt like this could bring so many different vibes to mind. Hope, despair, mourning, relief… the list is endless.
For example, this prompt could easily be about someone who’s been going through so much hardship, and finding that they just don’t have the energy to deal with it anymore, making them finally snap. It could be about someone trying to get that big promotion at work, but they’ve tried everything they can think of, done everything asked of them, to no avail. Perhaps it’s someone who just lost the only family they had left. Maybe there’s no love left between a husband and wife of many years. Or there’s no hope left after some devastating, cataclysmic disaster that shook the very foundations of the earth. It could be the last of a species finally passing. It could even be you, staring at that blank page, completely out of ideas.
Knowing this wholesome community, some could interpret this prompt as something like a mother getting all the household chores done, and finally being able to take some well-deserved relaxation for herself. It could be someone in the chaos of Christmas shopping, and finally snagging that last gift they needed to complete their list. Maybe it’s something as simple as finishing a family dinner, and having no room left after eating so heartily in good company, or finally having none of those dish mountains left to clean. It could even just be the changing of the seasons, watching as the last leaf falls from the tree outside your window as winter settles in at long last.
Happiness, despair… even comedy is possible with a prompt like this. That awful feeling when you go to have a piece of your favorite pie, only to find it all gone. Or wanting to buy a particular book, only to see someone snatch up the last copy before you can. It can be you just enjoying a box of mini donuts, only to reach into the bag to find… dusting sugar and emptiness. Or maybe it’s as simple as having nothing left to do with your day.
Whatever way you decide to weave this prompt, we look forward to sharing it with you.
After all, as a little yellow bear once said; “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.”
Remember, this is part of our weekly Writing Group stream! Submit a little piece following the rules and guidelines below, and there’s a chance your entry will be read live on stream! In addition, we’ll discuss it for a minute and give you some feedback.
The whole purpose of this is to show off the creativity of the community, while also helping each other to become better writers. Lean into that spirit, and get ready to help each other improve their confidence in their writing, as well as their skill with their craft!
Rules and Guidelines
We read at least four stories during each stream, two of which come from the public post, and two of which come from the much smaller private post. Submissions are randomly selected by a bot, but likes on your post will improve your chances of selection, so be sure to share your submission on social media!
Text and Formatting
- English only.
- Prose only, no poetry or lyrics.
- Use proper spelling, grammar, and syntax.
- Your piece must be between 250-350 words (you can use this website to see your wordcount).
- Include a submission title and an author name (doesn’t have to be your real name). Do not include any additional symbols or flourishes in this part of your submission. Format them exactly as you see in this example, or your submission may not be eligible: Example Submission.
- No additional text styling (such as italics or bold text). Do not use asterisks, hyphens, or any other symbol to indicate whether text should be bold, italic, or styled in any other way. CAPS are okay, though.
What to Submit
- Keep submissions “safe-for-work”; be sparing with sexuality, violence, and profanity.
- Try to focus on making your submission a single meaningful moment rather than an entire story.
- Write something brand new (no re-submitting past entries or pieces written for other purposes
- No fan fiction whatsoever. Take inspiration from whatever you’d like, but be transformative and creative with it. By submitting, you also agree that your piece does not infringe on any existing copyrights or trademarks, and you have full license to use it.
- Submissions must be self-contained (everything essential to understanding the piece is contained within the context of the piece itself—no mandatory reading outside the piece required. e.g., if you want to write two different pieces in the same setting or larger narrative, you cannot rely on information from one piece to fill in for the other—they must both give that context independently).
- One submission per participant.
- Submit your entry in a comment on this post.
- Submissions close at 12:00pm CST each Friday.
- You must like and leave a review on two other submissions to be eligible. Your reviews must be at least 50 words long, and must be left directly on the submission you are reviewing, not on another comment. If you’re submitting to the private post, feel free to leave these reviews on either the private or the public post. The two submissions you like need not be the same as the submissions you review.
- Use the same e-mail for your posts, reviews, and likes, or you may be rendered ineligible (you may change your username or author name between posts without problem, however).
- You may submit to either or both the public/private groups if you have access, but if you decide to submit to both, only the private group submission will be eligible.
- Understand that by submitting here, you are giving us permission to read your submission aloud live on stream and upload public, archived recordings of said stream to our social media platforms. You will always be credited, but only by the author name you supply as per these rules. No other links or attributions are guaranteed.
Comments on this post that aren’t submissions will be deleted, except for replies/reviews left on existing submissions.