Hello, Mad Scientists and Influencers!
You’re taking quite a leap of faith, hm? Experiments like this don’t always end well, you know. You took all the precautions, I trust? You remembered the rubber gloves? Then the time has come to see if this works, because…
This week’s Writing Group prompt is:
We’ve Created a Monster
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!
We’re all familiar with the notion of monster creating, sure. Who hasn’t heard of Frankenstein, after all? But if we really think about this, it can go a lot deeper than simply sewing some limbs together and zapping the final product with some electricity.
We have to look at the “monster” in this. This could refer to a child learning a new word, and then using that word for every little thing. For example, maybe the child once broke their leg, and from there on, everything that hurt was broken. Perhaps the monster in question is an artist who has been given a new tool to work with, and the artist has since created so much that their hands hurt. Yet this doesn’t stop them from continuing to create work after work. Maybe the monster isn’t a person at all, but a revolutionary new game that has taken the world by storm, surpassing all before it in both popularity and sales. Maybe it’s as simple as someone showing their younger siblings a cool new song… and then those siblings also learn what a repeat button is, much to their mother’s bemusement.
The monster could even be literal, if that’s the route you choose. Perhaps an archeological team delves deep into a ruined temple of a deity for some legendary treasure. But upon taking the treasure from its display, the deity descends upon them as a furious, twisted version of themselves. Maybe some scientists have come up with some new serum for repairing hair growth, only to find out the serum turns their customers into werewolves. Or a small group of mages decide to try some newly invented magic on an ent, only for the magic to change it into some fiery beast.
The possibilities are endless with a prompt like this. The monster in question can be good, or it can be bad. This isn’t just about exploring what the monster is, but also what circumstances brought it about in the first place.
So fly, my pretties! Fly, and show the world what beautiful creations you can bring forth!
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.