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The Short Fic Weekly Challenge Thread!
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Feldraeth
07.07.2019 , 04:13 AM | #6231
Hey everyone

Kitar: I sort of wanted to fake people out regarding that, but it's not like anyone would believe I'd kill off the main character so soon (I'm not GRRM, not by a long way).

Prompt: Surprises, Vulnerable, Children, Holidays
Title: A long deserved Vacation
Perspective: Vette, Twi’lek Adventurer
Word Count: 3,220
Chronology: early Alderaan, shortly after these pieces (the last one is the third story). I'll also note that 'The Hermit' has since been rewritten in the last 3.5 years but I haven't included it as the new version isn't published yet. The general beats of the story are unchanged from the one presented here..
Spoilers: mentions of SW Alderaan storyline

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Kitar
07.08.2019 , 07:48 AM | #6232
@ Feldraeth
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Sorry this is late, I stink at using Tumblr....

Hope everyone had a great 4th!

Here is your new prompt:
This week’s SFWC prompt:

Week of July 5, 2019:

Liability: A disadvantage or debt: a liability is something your character is responsible for, or something that holds them back. It could be a literal, monetary debt. It might be something they inherited but don’t want. Perhaps another character, who really ought not to be in that situation. Maybe your character is the liability, endangering the mission because of inexpertise or some other qually. How does everyone deal with it?

Feel free to continue submitting stories for any prompt. A masterpiece missed the deadline? Don’t let it gather electronic dust. Submit it anyway and Short Fiction Weekly Challenge will publish it.

This week’s 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’s featured previous prompts are:

If I were a Rich Man - Our characters come from all walks of life. Were credits just a means to an end, or did they ever dream of wealth and how they might get it? Make it on their own (legal or otherwise), inherit from family, or play the Cartel Lotto and hope? In the course of their stories they become wealthy and powerful. What do they do with all those credits? Did money buy happiness? Did they fulfill their dreams, or was their monetary success empty and hollow?

Goodbye - Would you believe we haven’t had this prompt yet? Goodbyes come in many forms, from the quick “see you later” of an everyday contact to permanent loss. Write about a time your character said goodbye…or couldn’t.

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Kitar
07.14.2019 , 06:29 AM | #6233
It's prompt time!

Enjoy.This week’s SFWC prompt:

Week of July 12, 2019:

Craving: Sometimes, you just gotta have it. What is “it”? We often think of craving in relation to food, but it can be anything: intoxicants, attention, validation, touch, or affection. Nearly anything can be desired intensely as to be craved. Write about a time your character craved something, how they went about getting it, and what happened after. Why was it so important, anyway?

Feel free to continue submitting stories for any prompt. A masterpiece missed the deadline? Don’t let it gather electronic dust. Submit it anyway and Short Fiction Weekly Challenge will publish it.

This week’s 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’s featured previous prompts are:

Midsummer/Midwinter– It’s the turn of the seasons this week, the longest day for the northern hemisphere and the longest night for the southern hemisphere. What does midsummer or midwinter mean for your character? Alternately, write about your characters longest night or longest day.

Goals and Ambitions - Everybody has something they dream of, something they’re working for in the future. For a lot of our characters it’s a defining part of who they are. What are those goals? Who do our characters want to be?

If anyone does have a prompt idea, they are still being taken. Just send me a PM and I will forward it to the proper people.

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Feldraeth
07.21.2019 , 08:01 AM | #6234
Hey everyone.
I know this was last week's prompt, but it fit so well with the next part of the story that i had to include it.

Prompt: Liabilities, Holidays
Title: Visiting House Alde
Perspective: Vette, Twi’lek adventurer
Word Count: 1,216
Chronology: straight after the previous one

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Kitar
07.28.2019 , 09:50 AM | #6235
So... I have not been near a computer the last week and a half. I will also admit that I am not the best at using the old smart phone to post things...
As a result all of you fine people get two prompts.

Week of July 19, 2019:

Forced Arrangements: A marriage, an assigned partnership, dormmates, weekend conference roomies, seatmates for a long trip or event, even a blind date. Sometimes your character has to deal with another, with little say in the matter. How serious is the situation? How long does it last? How does your character handle it? What happens afterward? Do they part as friends and keep in touch or never speak again? If permanent, how do they make it work?

This week’s 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’s featured previous prompts are:

Snatched from the Jaws of Defeat - Our characters get into a lot of scrapes, a lot of desperate situations. Sometimes it may look like there’s no way to win…but a surprise might be in store. Write about a time your character had a success they weren’t expecting.

Groomed - Presenting oneself to the world is a complicated thing. There are soap products to select, hair to style, shaving to do, cosmetics to apply…alternately your characters might ignore some or all of the above. Write about your character’s hair and/or grooming style.

And for this week,

Week of July 26, 2019:

A Favor: Your character needs help, and someone owes them a favor. Perhaps your character is the one who owes a favor. These are social obligations with no clear monetary value, yet we seem to know instinctively when a request is reasonable. Even when it’s not, we may find ourselves honoring it. In some circles, a favor maybe more codified and ritualized. Yet while money may be involved, it’s never the real debt. Do your character a favor and write about them cashing in or fulfilling a social debt this week.

This week’s 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’s featured previous prompts are:

Practice Makes Perfect: No matter how skilled your character is, there’s always room for improvement. What does your character do to keep in practice? Are they building on existing accomplishments or learning something new? Is it a skill they need for their main occupation, or something they do for fun? Are they edging toward perfection, or always terrible but having a great time anyway? Practice your own writing this week.

Surprises–Unexpected, sometimes good, sometimes less so. A party, a gift, a visit from a relative (or enemy–or both in the same person), or even a good jump scare. This week, give your character and readers a surprise.

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Kitar
08.03.2019 , 05:05 PM | #6236
Wow, talk about a busy week....
Kiddo entered her first pageant ever, absolutely loved it and she is talking about doing it again next year. She even won best interview.

And on a more SW related note, here is you'all's next prompt!

It is the Month of Meta!

This week’s Month of Meta SFWC prompt:

Week of August 2, 2019:

Dear Diary: A diary, a journal, a personal log. Whether it’s a way of summarizing the day, a method for working through problems, or an aid to memory, people and characters find writing in a diary to be a helpful tool. What about your character? Do they keep a diary? What do they write about? Perhaps they find one belonging to a relative, a lover, a mentor, or even a stranger. Do they read it or return it?

This week’s 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’s featured previous prompts are:

Silent Partner - Conversation Street’s big challenge. One of the participants cannot be heard or understood directly by the readers. Maybe their speech is inaudible or garbled. They might speak a foreign or nonhuman language. Perhaps your character is rehearsing and anticipating audience questions. Their partner might simply not speak for biological or personal reasons. One character does all the talking, but the reader still needs to follow the conversation.

Mysteries - There’s a lot out there we don’t know. There’s a lot out there some of us do know and some of us don’t. Our characters are faced with many mysteries, some perhaps explainable by science or the Force or another sentient’s mind, some not. What mysteries have your characters come across? Are they comfortable with not knowing or do they insist on uncovering the truth? Prompt courtesy of @frauzet.

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Feldraeth
08.09.2019 , 04:53 PM | #6237
Hey, yeah so i totally didn't lose my security key or anything last week...
Anyway, here's the next part

PS: congrats for your child's pageant.

Prompt: Forced Arrangements
Title: Alde Interrogation
Perspective: Vette, Twi’lek Adventuress
Word Count: 3,946
Chronology: about ninety minutes after the last piece
Spoilers: House Alde, Mentions of Cademimu V Flashpoint

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Kitar
08.10.2019 , 07:28 AM | #6238
@ Feldraeth
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At least you were able to find your security key. If I had one I would probably ducktape it to my tower so I wouldn't lose it.

Morning everyone, here is your new prompt
Month of Meta continues! These prompts cover form or style rather than specific situations. This Month of Meta theme: Letters.

This week’s Month of Meta SFWC prompt:

Week of August 9, 2019:

Dear John: before breaking up via text was a thing there was the “Dear John” letter. Has your character written one? Received one? Breakups are never easy. The letter (or text) means one person doesn’t have to face the raw emotions (and possibly violence) of the other. So what would your character write, or what did their letter say?

This week’s 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’s featured previous prompts are:

Play Within A Play - (alternately titled My Immortal) - In a world where there are people, there are stories. And where there are stories, fandoms are likely to follow. And where fandoms go…well. Do any of your characters or their companions write fiction? Imagine what they would write in the way of thinly (or not at all) veiled fanfic. What stories do your characters tell about each other?

Setting a Bad Example - Not every character is a paragon. Some revel in the fact they’re not. Others are pretty good except for a handful of flaws, the kind that make them interesting. This week, write about a time your character set a bad example, intentional or otherwise.

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Kitar
08.16.2019 , 02:08 PM | #6239
Look at me posting on a Friday!!!

Here is your next Meta prompt

More Month of Meta!

These prompts cover form or style rather than specific situations.

The theme: Letters.


This week’s Month of Meta SFWC prompt:

Week of August 16, 2019:


Dear Mum and Dad: letters from camp: It’s summer in the northern hemisphere, time for Vacations and Summer Camp. Does your character send their children to camp? Did they go as a child? What about boot camp, or postcards from a trip to a distant locale? Who do they write to and what do they say? Do friends or relatives send messages to your character from their vacations? Business trips? Write some camp letters or postcards this week.


This week’s 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’s featured previous prompts are:


To Market, To Market - To tread close to a game mechanic, or perhaps just to enrich/contextualize what game stuff we see: The Cartel Market brings tons of unique weapons, speeders, pets, funny-looking gear, and more to our in-game characters. Do any of those items have a story?


Small Talk–It sounds easy, but writing small talk can be difficult. What do the characters discuss if they meet casually on the street, waiting for food to arrive in a restaurant, waiting for a bus, at the well or water cooler? With a co-worker, with a friend, with an ex, a shopkeeper or receptionist? It doesn’t have to be meaningless filler, stuff you know will go away in editing. Use small talk to tell your reader about the world, about the character’s job concerns, about their family, about story-world politics. If your character hates small talk and wants to escape the situation as soon as possible, that’s a story too!