Hello, Employers and Employees!
Are you crazy? What if you get caught? You know how the boss can be. You could be written up, or even fired on the spot. Look, do what you want but I’m not taking the fall with you, because…
This week’s Writing Group prompt is:
Not Safe For Work
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!
The first thing I must mention here is that while we all know what the prompt tends to mean in today’s vocabulary, please do follow the rules that are in place. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of ways to make this prompt work.
One way to handle this prompt is the subject of workplace safety, and how many people tend to disregard the rules and regulations set in place. You could write about that one coworker you have who is always dropping thumbtacks into the drawers willy-nilly rather than packing them back in their box. Perhaps you choose to write about someone with no regard for workplace safety regulations and decides he doesn’t need a hard hat on the construction site. Maybe a mechanic is too busy scrolling through his phone to notice that the tire he’s filling is beyond full. What about a witch who thinks she’s better than everyone else and doesn’t need her protective gear when mixing potions? Perhaps a werewolf has taken up security as a job, and has been told to cover someone for the night shift.
Of course, we can still look at this from the perspective that it initially brought to mind. The trick is to find ways to bend and twist it to still work for us. This could be as simple as an office worker thinking their little cubicle is more private than it is, and being caught by their boss looking at things they really shouldn’t be in such an environment. Perhaps a company representative has ended up having an affair with one of the company’s best clients, and their actions to and around one another are becoming a bit too bold and noticeable. Maybe someone has decided to take up streaming games, but they haven’t figured out all the hotkeys for the software yet and accidentally switches to a screen that probably shouldn’t be shown live.
Rather ironic, isn’t it? Needing to write safe for work… about not being safe for work. We’re excited to see what kind of stories you can create from such an interesting exercise in writing.
But I emphasize, please keep it in the parameters of the rules set in place.
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.