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04.29.2022 , 05:26 PM | #6422
Ooooo, look who's on top of it this week with the prompt showing up on time!!! Happy Friday and Happy writing!

Month of Meta: A Whole New World! concludes this week. Worldbuilding for fanfic writers as well as original settings. Stories happen when your character meets the world, regardless of who imagined that world first.

This weekís SFWC prompt:

Week of April 29, 2022

Religion, Magic, and Advanced Technology: It may seem strange to lump all these together, but they meet at the intersection of belief systems and impossible feats. Established source material usually defines these things in broad strokes: Star Wars prominently features all three, whereas Star Trek and Hunger Games have technology but no magic and minimal religion. Fan writers find the most interesting places to explore where canon is vague, and thereís plenty to explore. How does religion influence technological development? What role is there for advanced technology when magic can do most anything? Can anyone become a magic-user given enough study, or do they receive their gifts from god(s)? Do amazing devices only work because of the userís belief in them--their faith? Examining each of these themes and how they interact in your story can literally work magic.

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

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This weekís featured previous prompts are:

Why Didnít I Think of This Sooner? Character Version- Who hasnít come up with a great idea well after itís useful? Probably not your character, since they arenít actually under real-world time constraints. What if they did? Characters can have regrets or second-guess themselves, too. Perhaps they come up with the perfect escape plan while fighting through guards they didnít avoid. Maybe they wish they had bought the magical sword from the swordsmith. Maybe they remember the vital clue after setting off the trap. Consider this a chance to try some internal conflict for your character. What do they do when they realize they could have done something differently?

Giving Up: No way! Your character would never give up! Thatís what makes their struggle, their story, so good, right? But they do have to give up some things, don't they? If nothing else, a life that might not make a very interesting story, but a good life nonetheless. Maybe the essence of their story is giving up. Maybe they give up toxic beliefs and become a better person. Maybe they realize that the course they set out on isnít going to work out the way they thought. Maybe they see that the person theyíve been pursuing romantically is never going to love them back. Write about a time when your character gave up--and it was good for both them and your story that they did.