Hello, Challengers of all kinds!
Please don’t look at me like that. You knew this was coming. I never promised this would be easy. I mean, it’s easy for me, I just sit here. But you… well, you better swallow your nerves and get at it, because…
This week’s Writing Group prompt is:
Please Don’t Make Me
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 freedom of choice. The power behind a decision. It certainly isn’t something to be underestimated, is it? But what happens when we feel pressure to make certain decisions?
For example, a warrior who is part of a team being propositioned by their enemy to either give up a powerful weapon, or the lives of their teammates. What do they choose? Do they give up the weapon, or do they protect it and give up their team? Perhaps you explore a character who has no backbone being bullied into doing something awful to the person they like. Do they do it? Do they finally stand up for themselves? In that same mindset, what about someone being pressured by family to marry someone, but they love someone else? Do they follow through and live with a broken heart? Do they defy the family to live a life for themselves? And what if this decision held more pressure than just making the family happy? This decision could be for the good of two countries allying, for example. It’s hard enough to choose for yourself, but knowing a decision holds so much more weight can make it near impossible to choose.
We could explore much simpler ideas, too. Like a child throwing a fit over being told they absolutely have to eat their vegetables or they won’t be getting any dessert. Or perhaps you decide on the student who wants to go out with their friends, but has to stay home to help with spring cleaning. Maybe you show us the internet personality who said they’d do something crazy if a certain goal was reached, thinking they would never actually reach it. But lo and behold, it was reached, and so now they have to decide if they will follow through with it or not. Do they do it for their fans? Do they back out after losing their nerve?
So many choices, so many decisions. Ironically, it’s up to you to decide what story you share with us. I’m afraid we can’t make that choice for you.
Just don’t make us choose a favourite story. Because the answer is all of them.
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.