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The Short Fic Weekly Challenge Thread!

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The Short Fic Weekly Challenge Thread!
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alaurin
06.27.2022 , 06:09 AM | #6431
And now for our current prompt.....Happy Writing!

Week of June 24, 2022

“You Came Back For Me”: Romantic when your character’s partner rescues them when they thought all hope was lost. Noble when your character won’t leave the villain’s lair without their SO. Heroic when your character brings the whole troop after the one who got captured, because they never leave anyone behind. Shady when your character tracks down an enemy they defeated, but perhaps not enough. Villainous when your character’s nemesis returns. In what context does your character hear or use this phrase?

*Feel free to continue submitting stories for any prompt. A masterpiece missed the deadline? Don’t let it gather electronic dust, share it anyway!

*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:

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’s 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’t. This week write a story concerning your character and another who serves them.

Bigger is Better: write something long. 2000+ words. Use any previous prompt or invent your own. Long works have a different set of challenges compared to short ones. In the former, every word counts. In the latter, it’s hooking the reader and keeping them entertained for the duration. Go for it!

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alaurin
07.08.2022 , 06:36 AM | #6432
Getting caught up again....

Week of July 1, 2022

Replaced: If something’s broken or malfunctioning, fix or replace it, right? Suppose it’s something with sentimental value? Suppose it was a gift? Suppose replacing it requires major adjustments in other areas? Suppose it can’t be replaced--it’s not made anymore and there are no equivalents? What if it’s a person whose skill set no longer fits, whose position was eliminated, or who refuses to change with the times despite your character’s best efforts to help? What if it’s a relationship that no longer works: with a doctor, a counselor, or even an SO? Write about something your character replaced and why, or a time they were the one replaced.

*Feel free to continue submitting stories for any prompt. A masterpiece missed the deadline? Don’t let it gather electronic dust, share it anyway!

*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:

Under the Weather-everyone gets sick, even the most hale and hearty character. How does yours deal with illness? Tough it out and hope no one notices? Or do they turn into a baby at the first sign of a sniffle? Whether the treatments in your world are high-tech or top out at chicken soup and herbal tea, write about your character feeling poorly.

“Cuffing Season”: Supposedly, in the early fall (Octoberish to February, or March to August depending on your Earthly location), people begin pairing off for the winter months. Sometimes the relationships last, but mostly they break up with the ice in spring, past the cold weather and gatherings where companions might be expected. Is there a similar time in your character’s world? Do they want a cuddle buddy for the winter-slash-social-gathering-season? Do they happen to find a relationship at that time, regardless of whether they were looking? Maybe they’re out of sync with everyone else and break up instead. Are they then desperate enough to lower their standards? A lot? Maybe they’re not at all interested and watch the spectacle with amusement.

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alaurin
07.08.2022 , 06:41 AM | #6433
Now for the new prompt while I'm at it! Also, just a heads up, I'm heading out on vacation in a land where internet and cell service are a bit spotty so there might not be another prompt posted until I get back in a couple of weeks. I will make an attempt but most likely won't be able to get it through.

Happy Writing!!

Week of July 8, 2022

That’s No Moon: What was it? When has your character seen or discovered something and immediately grasped its true significance? When others around them did not? What was it? What made it important? Did others believe them? Ignore their warnings? Until it was too late? What happened and how did they adapt to the new situation?

*Feel free to continue submitting stories for any prompt. A masterpiece missed the deadline? Don’t let it gather electronic dust, share it anyway!

*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:

Welcome Back/Welcome Home: Some people have fond memories of your character. Parents, old friends, or mentors. Others, perhaps, not so much: exes, enemies, people they've wronged. What kind of welcome does your character get when visiting them again? Is it what they expect or very different?

Promotions-- As characters advance through their stories, they often advance in their (fictional) organizations as well. Has your character gotten a promotion? Was it deserved? Did higher-ups pass over someone more qualified, or did your character work hard for their advancement? Additional responsibilities usually accompany a new position, how does your character handle them? Did they receive any extra training or were they thrown in the deep end? Did things work out for them? Are they pleased with their promotion or do they wish they could go back? Is it, as many things, a mixed bag? This week, give your character a promotion and see what they do.