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The Short Fic Weekly Challenge Thread!
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alaurin
04.23.2022 , 04:56 AM | #6421
I'm not that late this time, just a few hours past Friday......well for me at least . Happy writing as we continue on with our Month of Meta: A Whole New World! 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 22, 2022

Language(s) and Voice: Unless the tale takes place in a single village--and maybe not even then--a world and galaxy will have more than one language. Just because the canon material doesnít specify languages and dialects doesn't mean they don't exist. They might be mutually intelligible via some sort of universal translator, but thereís still room for mistranslation, misinterpretation, and not knowing when to quit translating. Character voice is the more personal version of language, and canon sources rarely give guides to use of slang, dialects, and accents. Then thereís code-switching, where a character makes deliberate language or voice choices depending on their audience, and how they want to be perceived as well as understood. The language your characters use and how they use it is at least as important as your own as a writer. Give it some thought and bring depth to your world and your fic.

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

*This weekís 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 weekís featured previous prompts are:

Travel Without A Map: This one is easy for those habitual pantsers out there. Write a scene or a whole piece without having any (or as little as possible) preconceived idea of where itís going. Let your characters tell the story they want to tell. They might surprise you! Write the whole thing, beginning to end. Donít go back and change things! Not even typos! Or try not to fix typos--thatís hard. The goal this week is a word-vomit, totally unplanned draft that nevertheless is complete of itself. Travel without a map or GPS, but do make it home at the end.

The Hard Way--No one is good at everything, even The Chosen One. What skills or subjects did your character have trouble with? Did they work hard and eventually master them, or did they bail as soon as possible? What happens when they need to rely on that skill? Is it still a struggle for them, or have they incorporated it into their repertoire even though itís difficult? This week, consider something your character had trouble learning or still finds difficult, and how they deal with it.

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alaurin
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!

*This weekís 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 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.

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alaurin
05.08.2022 , 05:13 AM | #6423
Just a little late this week but here it is......enjoy the new prompt and happy writing!

Week of May 6, 2022

Time for Some Thrilling Heroics: Our characters are heroes in their stories, aren't they? What heroic thing (or things) did they do? What moments in their adventures stand out? The ones where they shine? Did they lead a battle or talk their opponents into backing down? Did they hack the network or keep the hackers out? Did they lead people to safety while the world crumbled? Did they save the day when all hope was lost? How? Whether theyíre the Chosen One or The One Who Happened to be in The Neighborhood When Everything Hit The Fan or The One Who Has Had All They Can Stand and Canít Stand Any More, itís time for some thrilling heroics!

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

*This weekís 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 weekís featured previous prompts are:

Second Thoughts: a close cousin to both regret and cold feet, second thoughts usually occur when the situation isnít played out yet. Before your character decides to back out, and maybe isnít all that sure they want to. Sometimes itís just the voice of anxiety. Other times theyíve received new information and need to re-evaluate their course of action. Maybe there is no new information, but your character took a step back and considered the full ramifications of their choices. Write about a time your character had second thoughts, what they were about, and what they eventually decided to do.

Formal Occasion--No matter how informal a character and their story, at some point theyíll probably have to dress up. Maybe itís a formal dinner, a wedding, a graduation or promotion, or a date at the opera. Different cultures have different etiquette for these kinds of events as well. How does your character fare? Are they as home in formalwear and surrounded by numerous forks as they are around a campfire? Are they uncomfortable? Or are they most at home in high society? This week, put your character in formalwear and at a special function and see what they do.

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alaurin
05.13.2022 , 03:07 PM | #6424
Happy Friday SFC! Here's this week's prompt on time!!! Happy writing!

Week of May 13, 2022

Parents: Who raised your character? Biological parents or other relatives? Two mothers, two fathers, one of each, an entire household of possibly-related adults as well as their friends and other children of various ages? A series of nurses or nurse-robots? The caretakers at the orphanage? A pond of other spawn? What relationship (if any) does your character have with the ones who reared them? Are their parents still alive? Dead? Don't know, donít care? If your character is a clone or a droid they still have parents of a sort--even if those parents are impersonal machines tasked with importing knowledge and behavior matrices into the new units.

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

*This weekís 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 weekís featured previous prompts are:

Auto/Biography: We often write backstories for our characters with no intention of using the information directly in their adventures. But suppose someone in their world did? Who would write your characterís biography? What would your character want in it? What would they write if they did it themselves? Is your character protective of their legacy or are they willing to authorize a warts-and-all tale? Would your character exaggerate their adventures for the sake of a good tale, or downplay them as irrelevant to their later work? Do they want to be venerated as saintly and good, or feared as a tyrant no one would dare cross? Something in between? And who would read or listen to the tale?

Good Fortune- This week, things are looking up. Maybe your character finally won the lottery, a game of poker or pazzak, or just won the flip and donít have to do dishes. Maybe they found a parking meter with time left, or maybe they managed to catch the last transport off-world before the quarantine. Maybe something that looked bad on the surface turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Luck can be about big things or small.