Writing Group: Moved to this Sunday!

Hello everyone!

Just a little post to let you know the fate of our last prompt:

 

But You Gave Your Word…

 

Because of some unforeseen circumstances to do with my mental health, I was unable to conduct business as usual this last Friday. Fortunately, I was able to do some healing over the course of the week and I think i’m at last ready to give some attention to all the lovely submissions attached to that prompt.

So before we return to form on Friday the 21st, we’ll have a stream this Sunday, the 16th, to make up for the missed session.

After that, all shall be as it once was.

 

—Benji

 

P.S. — If you’re curious about the nature of my absence, however, I recommend showing up to the Sunday stream. I’m pretty open about this kind of thing, and there’s a very high chance I’ll spend some time discussing it.

Writing Group: But You Gave Your Word…

Hello everyone!

Another week looms, and with it… feels. Mountains of feels. Oodles, even. And based on the phrasing of the prompt the community chose this week, not all of the particularly good. So, prime your lacrimal ducts, because…

This week’s prompt is:

 

But You Gave Your Word…

 

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!

 

This one doesn’t bear too much analysis, I don’t think. “You Gave your word”. Clearly, this week is going to be about promises.

Remember, though: promises aren’t all explicit. Some are implied, extracted, extrapolated. It isn’t always “I will always love you.” Sometimes it’s the simple act of buying a car together, owning a home together, bringing a new life into the world together.

We can make promises without words.

If there’s one particular part of this prompt very much worth picking at, it’s that one operative word, “But”. That means this isn’t just about a promise, but about a promise, implicit or explicit, broken.

So, everybody ready their heart wrenches. We’ve got some work to do.

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.

Tune into the stream this Friday at 7:00pm CST to see if you made the cut!

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 six stories during each stream, three of which come from the public post, and three of which come from the much smaller private post. Submissions are randomly selected from among the top ten most-liked of each post, so be sure to share your submissions on social media and with your friends!

  • English only.
  • Prose only, no poetry or lyrics.
  • One submission per participant.
  • Use proper spelling, grammar, and syntax.
  • Submit your entry in a comment on this post.
  • Submissions close at 4:00pm CST each Friday.
  • No more than 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).
  • Keep submissions “safe-for-work”; be sparing with sexuality, violence, and profanity.
  • Write something brand new (no re-submitting past entries or stories written for other purposes).
  • Try to focus on making your submission a single meaningful moment rather than an entire story.
  • Please format your submission as “Submission Title” by Author Name and be sure to separate paragraphs. (Example Submission)
  • No fan fiction without explicit permission from the source’s owner, and no spoilers for the source material if you are writing a fan fic.
  • Original art may be included in your submission, but is not guaranteed to be shown on stream. Only .jpeg format images shared via a direct link will be accepted. (Example Submission) (Information on “Direct Links”)
  • No additional formatting (such as italics or bold text) will be applied to the text of submissions. Symbols or instruction indicating such formatting may render your submission ineligible.
  • You must like and leave a review on two other submissions to be eligible, and your reviews must be at least 50 words long. 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.
  • 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.

 

Looking for a starting place for this month’s story — any ideas?

harrypottermonth_anyideas_startingplaceThis month we’re talking about Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, and how Rowling approaches allegory in both.

So, the plan is to write a short fantasy story that hides an allegory in the most important part of the fiction. Right now it’s just an idea, but we’d love any opinions on how we should begin our approach. What do you think? Everything is welcome. We’ll build on this as the month progresses.

Make Something Up: Creepypasta

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We’re almost done with our creepypasta series, but we still have a story to write. In the meantime, maybe you do too? If so, send it our way!

Submissions: https://goo.gl/afa3e8

You could also submit to Creepypasta.com as well as the Creepypasta Wiki, which provide excellent platforms for this particular prompt.