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Weekly Writing Exercise: April 24-30, 2017

I'm in a hurry once again this week, so I'll keep it simple:

I give you an image by photographer Felix Russell-Saw.

Seek inspiration using the image and tell me a story.

RULES

-All submissions must be 600 words or less (title included), prose or poetry, and added as a comment. Only one submission per participant will be allowed.
-Submissions must be related to the provided image.
-Commentaries are not allowed and will be deleted.
-Winners will be chosen by popular vote. Ties will be broken by me as I see fit.
-VOTE for the story you prefer. If you submit a story, please don’t vote for it.
-Winners will be announced each week on Sunday night, European time.


What you win:
-Admiration and envy from your fellow writers
-A chance to practice, practice, practice
-Your submission re-posted at the conclusion of the contest and added to Featured Posts.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly by tagging me into a private post. If you ever come across an idea that you think is good for a prompt, please do the same!

Have fun! Be creative!

Image by Felix Russell-Saw via Unsplash.
Link: unsplash.com/photos/7M_vny7cMnI

#writingprompt #flashfiction

Past prompts Pinterest board: www.pinterest.com/vlruizm/wdg-prompts-past/
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Hello im new here and I need to ask a question about my characters past life and I'm having trouble of how should she die before she becomes a spirit/Angel (picture down below is how she looks now)
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Untitled by +Samuel Downey

Invasion is a complicated affair. It's politically strenuous, morally reprehensible, and maddening for anyone who has to grapple with the logistics of the whole thing. Furthermore, the process itself leaves behind a world in utter disrepair, cluttered with decaying biomass and shattered infrastructure. And that's not even taking into account the incomprehensible amount of culture that is eliminated upon our arrival. It's indubitably morbid and, sadly, entirely necessary.

You see, my people are insidious by our very nature. Our process of respiration releases a tremendous amount of Boron Trichloride, a poisonous gas which slowly usurps any atmosphere we inhabit. It only takes about 30 years for our breath to irreversibly change the chemical makeup of the very air itself. This is decidedly a problem, as we have yet to encounter any organism (including ourselves) that can successfully inhale Boron Trichloride.

The brutal truth of our biology has cursed us to wander the whispering stars as unintentional tyrants. We land on any rock with a nitrogen-heavy atmosphere, and we live there until our presence has thrust a fertile world into utter toxicity. The dark cosmic joke is that nitrogen heavy planets seem to be the most conducive to life, as we have yet to come across an uninhabited world that could support us. It shouldn’t take you long to realize the inescapable conflict of our situation.

Therefore, we live a life of constant war, evidenced by the physical adaptations our race has undergone to improve our murderous efficiency. We are tall, each of us standing at exactly 13 meters. We have many limbs with sharp ends, and our visual receptors perceive all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum. We are fast, we can communicate both verbally and via hypersonic encrypted signals emitted from out central nervous systems, and we are strong. We are veritable killing machines.

I would like to express that we are cognizant of the perpetual tragedy that surrounds us, however. Life for us is arduous at best. Our natural life expectancy is 147 years, though less than 15% of the population reaches 85. This is due to the casualties of war and an insanely high suicide rate, the most commonly used method being to hide in the massive propulsion ducts of one of our colossus crafts (space crafts the size of small moons) right before the engine ignites. It is quick, painless, and somehow a poetically fitting end for such a wretched race.

So to that bipedal flesh spider with the oddly fibrous face loading small pieces of metal into it’s combustion stick, we’re sorry. We lament that our arrival means either death by our jagged arms or slow asphyxiation by your own atmosphere. But know that it’s you or us. That’s the sad reality of the whispering stars.


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OK, this week I had to decide between +Samuel Downey and +Mike Lyle, and in the end I preferred the former. I liked how Mike used the image as inspiration and moved in a totally unexpected path. But the way Samuel took one of the obvious references and used a completely different point of view was just what I needed this week.

So congratulations to all voters, all participants, to the two finalists and to the winner!

I don't jave time for more this week either. See you all in the next prompt.

Weekly Writing Exercise: April 17-23, 2017

This week I've chosen a dark illustration titled The Game Is Not Over by artist David Franco. The image already tells a powerful story, so I ask you: what's happened before this? How does the story end?

Or just use it as inspiration and weave a different story, of course.

RULES

-All submissions must be 600 words or less (title included), prose or poetry, and added as a comment. Only one submission per participant will be allowed.
-Submissions must be related to the provided image.
-Commentaries are not allowed and will be deleted.
-Winners will be chosen by popular vote. Ties will be broken by me as I see fit.
-VOTE for the story you prefer. If you submit a story, please don’t vote for it.
-Winners will be announced each week on Sunday night, European time.


What you win:
-Admiration and envy from your fellow writers
-A chance to practice, practice, practice
-Your submission re-posted at the conclusion of the contest and added to Featured Posts.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly by tagging me into a private post. If you ever come across an idea that you think is good for a prompt, please do the same!

Have fun! Be creative!

Image: The Game Is Not Over by David Franco.
Link: morkardfc.deviantart.com/art/The-game-is-not-over-633649639


#writingprompt #flashfiction

Past prompts Pinterest board: www.pinterest.com/vlruizm/wdg-prompts-past/

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Even though I have been here awhile I don't post since I am still not completely sure what is okay here, after a couple of goofs.

But thought this seems to fit:



I am revising a novel I wrote last year as a serial here on G+. When done I will Indie publish it.

The book is what I call a pre-industrial steampunk, fantasy fusion. I have revised it once and it came out around 85,000 words. With what I am adding now, with better descriptions, getting down in the psychic of my hero etc,. will prebuilt take it over 100,000 words.

It is an exciting adventure set in alt world around 1850 in our world. There have been airships for over a hundred years which changed the way the New World developed. So no US even though there is an English and Viking based Empire set around Maine and part of Canada. The Aztecs are still in power in Central and South America. Europe is about the same as it is in our world. Africa doesn't come into this tale much but parts of it is the same and some parts are different. There are elves, dwarves and dragons around the world. And a couple of steam powered devices.

A native, to the Americas, wizard, trained in an English MAGEY school, heads out on a quest for a very powerful artifact. What Roger Twowinds-not his full name since true names can be used-doesn't know is that there is a Mage of great power who is also after the artifact and is trying to stop Roger. Along the way he picks up a couple of companions to help him.

Because of the serial nature of the original story I have 44 sections of various lengths, 2,044 words to over 7,000. Chapters are broken up in these sections. I have just finished revising four of them. At the speed I am doing this it could take me at least four more months to finish the revising. Emphasis on "at least". 

Hello everybody. I have a few questions to ask about a book I'm writing. How do you know when you have too many characters? The book I'm writing has a huge cast of characters and I know that you have to have side characters in a book but I have this group of characters that I'm calling the 'main characters' which consists of about eight people and counting and I'm afraid that I won't be able to give each one the attention and character development that they deserve without having the book be a bazillion pages long. I really don't want to delete or merge characters because each one gives something to the plot and I personally don't want to get rid of them.

Are there any books that you've read that have each chapter focusing on one specific characters point of view? I'm thinking of having my story be told like that and some examples would really help me.

How do you make character deaths interesting? I'm going to have a lot of character deaths in my book, I don't want them to get boring and I don't want the reader to think 'Oh, this death scene meant nothing to me.' I have some cool and emotional deaths planned out for a few characters but I'm having trouble thinking of interesting ones for the others. Any ideas?

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Hey everyone! Excited to be part of your community. I have a collection of all my writings on my website. I'm in the process of getting my thoughts out so that I can edit them later. Here is a link to my website and one of my short stories if anyone is interested or would be willing to give me some constructive criticism.. it would be greatly appreciated :)

https://a-singlegirls-sanctuary.com/2017/04/14/borrowed-time/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true


Reviewers/Readers Needed.

I've just finished my first attempt at a novel. Now I'd really like to have a dozen or so of you to read it over and make comments.

The novel is Martian Underground, 120K words. Science fiction about a paleontologist who finds a fossil mixed in with dinosaur fossils of a being unlike any ever found on earth. Then when a similar fossil is found on Mars....

If you are interested please drop me an email at whitesagetheatre@gmail.com. I'll supply the book in Microsoft Word format, which can also be read in NotePad.

JM

Hi everyone! I am a novice writer who is trying to finish her first novel. I enjoy reading MG novels, particularly books with fantasy, thriller or scifi genre. I'm currently looking for a betareader right now for a MG fantasy novel.

Hello I'm Josie or as you can tell by the name by my picture, Josephine. I love to write stories and I have this really cool idea for a book I am trying to make but every time I try to begin I get stuck so I figure I need to surround myself with people who love to write just like me. so...hello everyone! :D 

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Some good tips! Points 1, 3, 16, and 23 speak to me in particular. But 13 is one of the most challenging in fiction, I think: Don’t give plot the keys to the story car: let the characters drive.. It's really easy to let the story itself take over and surrender the keys!

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2017/04/18/what-ive-learned-after-5-years-and-20-books-25-lessons/
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