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The Short Fic Weekly Challenge Thread!

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The Short Fic Weekly Challenge Thread!
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Yodapagoda
04.14.2020 , 01:57 AM | #6291
Big spoiler but this part of the story has been out for 5 years. Still enclosing in spoiler tag just in case, and for space conservation.
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Title: Forbidden History Our Galactic Hero
Character: Darth Paingur
Date: ~17 ATC
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Von Underdark (Assassin/Pilot)

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alaurin
04.17.2020 , 03:43 PM | #6292
@Yodapagoda: Welcome to the thread!! I like this idea, love how you have Vette reliving her past with Paingur and how they started out. I also like how she still feels he's out there still. Nicely done!!


Now, since it's that magical day of the week, I have a new prompt! I hope you are all well and happy writing!!

Week of April 17, 2020:

Won稚 Get Fooled Again: Everyone痴 been fooled sometime. When does your character notice a pattern? It is a similar scam, or the same person running a different one? What was it about the interaction that tipped off your character? Are they fooled, have they learned, or are they giving someone another chance? Is it worth it? Is the issue so minor that they don稚 mind? Are they playing a game with a loved one or friend and fooling is the point? Is your character wrong and the exchange was on the level the whole time?

*Feel free to continue submitting stories for any prompt. A masterpiece missed the deadline? Don稚 let it gather electronic dust, share it anyway!

*This week痴 prompt not for you? Look for something more to your taste in the Prompt Archive. Consider all the prompts active and waiting to inspire you.

This week痴 featured previous prompts are:

Rumors: What have you heard? Even characters who aren't well-known outside their local community will have some kind of reputation--if only as the newbie. What rumors circulate about your character? Their companions or crew? Is any of it true? Partly true? Greatly exaggerated, misrepresented, or misinterpreted? Is the truth worse? Or does your character deliberately spread rumors and exaggerate the stories to enhance their reputation? What might someone hear about your character?

What's the Worst That Could Happen? Inevitably, not what actually happens. In life the real result may more often be better, but as writers it's far more fun to make it worse. This week, put your character in a situation they're sure they can handle, and make it worse. What's the worst that could happen? Just let me get started.

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alaurin
04.24.2020 , 11:26 AM | #6293
Happy Friday to you all! Once again, I hope everyone is well this week and that the muses are ready to roll because it's time for the new prompt!

Week of April 24, 2020:

No!: Not just no, but hell no. Absolute refusal, you can稚 make me, never gonna do it. When has your character outright refused another痴 request? What about orders? Demands? Did they agree and then think better of it? Did they go along and quit when they reached their limit? Did the request seem reasonable on the surface but turn out less so? Was it just awful from the get-go? Did they say no just for spite? What were the consequences for refusal?

*Feel free to continue submitting stories for any prompt. A masterpiece missed the deadline? Don稚 let it gather electronic dust, share it anyway!

*This week痴 prompt not for you? Look for something more to your taste in the Prompt Archive. Consider all the prompts active and waiting to inspire you.

This week痴 featured previous prompts are:

Description: In the Short Fiction Weekly Challenge, we generally leap right into our characters, relying on quick sketches and familiarity to carry a reader. After all, that's how short stories usually work. How about we take a step back and really describe a character. How do they look? What kind of mannerisms do they have that a casual observer might notice? How do they dress? Go nuts giving a detailed description of what you'd see, looking at one of your characters. This prompt courtesy of AKHadeed.

Blame: When something goes wrong it痴 human nature to try to figure out who痴 at fault. Blame isn稚 quite the same as being at fault, though. And while they can coincide, blame is often assigned regardless of actual responsibility. Has your character taken the blame for something? Blamed others or events? Were they innocent? Guilty? A combination of both? Blame often isn稚 logical and events have complicated causes. How do they change someone痴 mind, or make amends?

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alaurin
05.01.2020 , 10:09 AM | #6294
Happy Friday everyone! I'm getting the new prompt posted early because we finally have a nice day to be outside this week and I am going to take advantage of it!! Hope you are all well and happy writing!

Week of May 1, 2020:

Relying on Technology: Regardless of setting, our characters rely on technological innovations. In a fantasy setting, those might be cunning spellwork or finely-crafted weapons. The far future could have memory-dubbing and cybernetics. In any setting, food production, travel, and medicine often employ technology we barely acknowledge. What technology in your character痴 world do they absolutely rely on? What can they not get along without? Do they even realize how much they need it? What happens when something goes wrong in the way it functions? What if it breaks and can稚 be repaired, or at least not easily or quickly? How much trouble do they have when the things they expect to work just...don't?

*Feel free to continue submitting stories for any prompt. A masterpiece missed the deadline? Don稚 let it gather electronic dust, share it anyway!

*This week痴 prompt not for you? Look for something more to your taste in the Prompt Archive. Consider all the prompts active and waiting to inspire you.

This week痴 featured previous prompts are:

Obsession: Everyone has interests. Occasionally, they devolve into fandom, or even obsession. What things obsess your character? Is it a favorite holoshow? A musical group? Perhaps swoop racing or huttball? Maybe something more esoteric--akk dog breeding, archaeology, perfume making, fine-tuning hyperdrive engines, or something else. Love feels a lot like obsession in the early infatuation stage. Or might it be a true obsession: intrusive thoughts or actions your character can稚 ignore. Write about some of them and how they affect your character.

Look Behind You: What痴 behind your character, literally or figuratively? Where did they come from? What did they leave behind to get where they are now? A village, town, city, or planet? Family, lovers, friends, rivals, or enemies? Ideas or beliefs? Do any of them catch up or are they forever in the past? How does your character feel about that?

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alaurin
05.15.2020 , 02:13 PM | #6295
I'm so sorry, I completely forgot to put up last week's prompt .....so here it is and I'll make another post for this week's.

Week of May 8, 2020:

Ever Your Servant: Who serves your character? Not their friend, lover, or companion, characters or NPCs intended as equals, but someone of lower social station. Someone who痴 hired for their skills and paid for their work. A butler (hello, Alfred), a maid, the barista at their favorite coffeeshop. Perhaps a slave in societies that allow it or a droid or a golem in those that don稚. This week write a story concerning your character and another who serves them.

*Feel free to continue submitting stories for any prompt. A masterpiece missed the deadline? Don稚 let it gather electronic dust, share it anyway!

*This week痴 prompt not for you? Look for something more to your taste in the Prompt Archive. Consider all the prompts active and waiting to inspire you.

This week痴 featured previous prompts are:

Keep on Keeping on: Now that our characters have been on the job for quite some years, what keeps them going? What makes them do just one more job, instead of retiring, settling down, or doing something completely different? Tradition, momentum, habit, joy, satisfaction, can't think of a reason to change or anything else they're good at. Everyone's reasons are their own. What's your character's? Prompt courtesy of @frauzet​

Good Intentions: It's said the road to hell is paved with them. Most characters, outside of the truly villainous, want to help and to make things better. Usually we let them. Good intentions can backfire or have unintended consequences, some of which might be worse than the original situation. They can also be far better! It's our story; we do what we want, and things need not always be bad. This week, begin with your character's good intentions and tell us what happens.

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alaurin
05.15.2020 , 02:15 PM | #6296
Now for this week's prompt! Hope everyone is well and happy writing!!

Week of May 15, 2020:

Because I Can: When has your character done something just because? Was it a harmless act done on a whim? A luxury or trip they can finally afford? A crime they knew would go unpunished? A cruel act enabled by power? A heroic one, likewise enabled by power, lack of oversight, or cleverness? Something small that makes them happy? This week, write your character doing something just because they can.

*Feel free to continue submitting stories for any prompt. A masterpiece missed the deadline? Don稚 let it gather electronic dust, share it anyway!

*This week痴 prompt not for you? Look for something more to your taste in the Prompt Archive. Consider all the prompts active and waiting to inspire you.

This week痴 featured previous prompts are:

Something New: What's new? Never been tried, first time for everything? This week's challenge is to do something you've never tried before. A character of a different gender--or none. A pov you never write in. A tense that's unusual for you. Something fluffy, something angsty. A romance with no action; an action adventure with no romance. Fanfic of your favorite story or world if you never write fanfic. Something original if you do. Step out of your comfort zone: whether it痴 a giant leap, a baby step, or barely a toe. A meta-prompt for a new year.

Listen: More important than being able to act, perhaps, is the ability to listen. To hear someone voice their concerns or point of view without filtering through their own experience or opinion. When has your character really listened to another one in your story? They need not be converted, but they ought to gain understanding. Some characters don稚 care; that痴 fine and valid. This week, let your character be the quiet one and really listen to someone else in the story, then show what they do with their new perspective.

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alaurin
05.22.2020 , 11:45 PM | #6297
Eh, I haven't been to bed yet so technically it's still Friday....you know what that means! Prompt time!!! Whoo, whoo....

Week of May 22, 2020:

Bored: Everyone gets bored. Some more easily than others. When has your character been bored? They could be snowbound at home, waiting for an appointment, or a passenger in a vehicle with nothing to do. Perhaps it痴 boredom spiked with danger. They致e sent their distress signal and there痴 nothing to do but wait. How do they keep themselves occupied? Do they bother? Can they easily escape their situation but choose not to? Write about your character dealing with boredom.

*Feel free to continue submitting stories for any prompt. A masterpiece missed the deadline? Don稚 let it gather electronic dust, share it anyway!!

*This week痴 prompt not for you? Look for something more to your taste in the Prompt Archive. Consider all the prompts active and waiting to inspire you.

This week痴 featured previous prompts are:

Friends: Our characters collect any number of friends and helpers during their adventures. In fact, few characters can do without friends. They're part of what makes a story vibrant and alive. Friends don't have to be sycophants; they can (and probably should) disagree with your character about things. Things that matter, not easy things like favorite foods or colors. Friends and companions breathe life into your character's story. This week, write something where one of your character's friends has an important role as well.

Breaking the Fourth Wall: These are a lot more meta than we usually explore; roll with them and have fun:

Addressing the Audience: Characters aren稚 supposed to acknowledge their audience. Suppose they did? How would they speak to all those who致e been reading and enjoying their adventures? What might they say to the complainers?

Addressing the Creator: If your character could say something about their writer, what would it be? Would they complain about something? Take the opportunity to give you a piece of their minds? Maybe ask for a favor? Or would they be grateful and thank you?