Hello, Ophthalmologists and Performers.
Can you really tell so much about a person just by their eyes? What do you have to look for? What if you don’t like what you find there? What if you do? So let their eyes speak what their lips won’t, because…
This week’s Writing Group prompt is:
Staring into Their Eyes
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!
Eyes. The windows to the soul. They come in so many beautiful colours, and can portray just as many emotions. Eye contact, or lack thereof, whether the pupils dilate or constrict, can display so much about a person, or even an animal.
You could write about a cat, and their eyes dilating to giant saucer plates as you wave their favourite fishing toy back and forth, or perhaps how a slow blink from a cat is a kiss from them, a way for them to show affection. Maybe you could write of a child being absolutely mesmerized and perplexed by how a chameleon moves their eyes in seemingly random directions. Or write from a chameleon’s perspective! It’s weird, shifty, two-ways-at-once perspective. What about the telltale sign of someone’s affection by their pupils dilating when they look at someone else? Perhaps a classroom crush notices this change in someone looking at them. Perhaps a detective notices this when his wife looks at their newborn child. Maybe it’s about someone with social anxiety disorder, or even someone with ommetaphobia, a fear of eyes. Or maybe it’s simply a college student studying ophthalmology.
What about that time you stood on stage in front of an entire school and sang your heart out, all of their eyes trained on you? How did it feel to stare back at them? Or maybe that time you had to stand in front of the class and read a poem you wrote for an assignment, but the girl you wrote about was sitting right there, front and center. Maybe there’s a magic to the eyes, perhaps they aren’t just the windows to the soul, but an anchor of sorts to it. Perhaps the eyes contain the soul itself, and a necromancer has just found a way to manipulate this for their experiments. What about coming across someone with the most unique eyes you’ve ever seen, their pupils and irises twisting together to form a hypnotic spiral? Perhaps the memory of those odd goat-like pupils someone remembers from when they were young… and then pondering if they really were the same as the ones before them now, so many years later. What about a shapeshifter who can change into whatever they want, but their eyes always remain the same? What if someone noticed this? Would they be afraid? What if they weren’t? Or maybe it’s someone looking into the eyes of their reflection… and noticing that the emotions portrayed there did not match their own.
No matter which way we look at this prompt, it’s about drawing or giving attention to someone or something.
The question is… is that attention wanted?
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).
- Use two paragraph breaks between each paragraph so that they have a proper space between them (press “enter” or “return” twice).
- 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.
- Be constructive and uplifting. These submissions are not for a professional market, and shouldn’t be treated as such. We do this, first and foremost, for the joy of the craft. Help other writers to feel like their work is valuable, and be considerate and gentle with critique when you offer it. Authors who leave particularly abrasive or disheartening remarks on this post will be disqualified from selection for readings.
- 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.