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The Short Fic Weekly Challenge Thread!
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alaurin
06.15.2021 , 02:44 PM | #6361
Here's the April prompts:

Week of April 2, 2021

Old Flame: The phrase suggests a person your character had a relationship with, usually passionate and/or sexual, whom they remember fondly though the affair is over. Has your character had such a relationship? How did it start and why did it end? Have they kept in touch, drifted apart, or did one party ghost the other? What if your character's old flame resurfaced? How does that complicate their story? Is your character someone else's old flame? How does this past relationship influence their current situation? Maybe it is a fond memory to recount with their present flame.

*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:

Lasting Repercussions: Every battle leaves a mark, every injury a scar. They might not be visible, due to magic or high tech medicine. They might be psychological, but no less real or damaging. They might be social: new enemies or a change in class or status. The entire world may have changed. All your character's conflicts, verbal or physical, have repercussions. Write about one.

You Were the Chosen One! Or Were You?: Game stories often cast your character as The Chosen One, the One destined to Fix All The Problems. But not every character fits that trope, and not every one should. Does yours? Or not? Emphatically not? Or maybe they are, but not in the way anyone hoped. Bringing balance to the Force by reducing its practitioners to two Dark and Two Light certainly fulfills the prophecy, but probably wasn't what Yoda expected. Where does your character fall on the Chosen One continuum? How do they show that in their story?

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alaurin
06.15.2021 , 02:46 PM | #6362
Week of April 9, 2021

Paying the Bills: Adventuring often pays well-- if erratically. Some characters ply a trade or rely on other, more reliable, income sources. At the same time, our characters incur expenses less adventuring types never worry about. How does your character deal with routine bills? What constitutes "routine" for your character? Can they trade the "good laying hens" they received from a villager in gratitude to the local temple for a curse removal? Suppose Republic Credits are no good and they need something more real? Write about a time when your character had to balance their budget.

*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:

Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: Our characters lead dangerous lives. They’re sent on missions they’re not expected to survive. They’re gone for long periods of time and no one hears from them. They may have alternate identities or roles they don’t want to (or can’t) let loved ones know about. Sometimes reporting agencies get events wrong. Sometimes people make assumptions. Comic books aren’t the only places where death isn’t necessarily permanent. Write about a time when your character was declared dead but wasn’t and the complications that ensued, or when a close associate (enemy? !!) comes back to life after everyone believed they were gone for good.

Cupid’s Arrow: According to legend, any heart pierced by Cupid’s golden-tipped arrow--human or deity alike--filled with uncontrollable, all-consuming desire. Classic love at first sight. But Cupid’s quiver also contained lead-tipped arrows with the opposite effect: provoking disdain and aversion. Has either arrow ever wounded your character? Or perhaps one of their close associates? An object of affection? Cupid’s influence covers the gamut of passions--from the sensual to unrequited all the way to bitter animosity. Tell a story where your character experiences irrational love or irrational hate. Or both.

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alaurin
06.15.2021 , 02:50 PM | #6363
Week of April 16, 2021

Eavesdropping: It’s human nature to listen when others are talking. Sometimes our characters hear things that weren’t meant for them. It might be a plot, a rumor, or an opinion they wish they hadn’t heard. Or it might be something about a ring and the end of the world. Maybe the wrong person overheard your character, and now things are messy. Game developers use ambient dialogue--NPC conversations not directed at the player--to provide information about a place or situation, make the world seem more alive, or just to have a little fun. Sometimes all three! This week, write a story where your character eavesdrops or is overheard, intentional or otherwise.

*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:

Pick-up lines: Use them? Been used on? Turned down? Accepted? Laughed at? Good ones, bad ones, sincere or stupid and everything in between. Write about how your character deals with a classic (if dubious) way to connect with someone else.

Resolutions: Has your character ever resolved to change a bad habit or start a better one? What prompted the impulse? Did they make a private vow or did they enlist the help of friends or family? Were they successful? Or did they slip back into old ways after a while? For this week, write about your character and resolutions.

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alaurin
06.15.2021 , 02:53 PM | #6364
Week of April 23, 2021

Popularity Contest: We often make our characters strong and confident, people who believe in themselves and what they’re doing. But being popular isn’t really about believing in yourself and what you do--it’s about other people liking what you do. Sometimes the two coincide. It's certainly easier when your character is popular in their own story just for being who they are. What about the flip side? Were there times your character did things just to be popular? Did it work? Do they chase popularity and find it elusive, while the praise falls on other characters? Are they popular and followed and copied and really wish they weren’t? Do they care? What sorts of things would make them popular in their culture? If they truly don’t care, why? Are there consequences for not just winning or losing the contest, but ignoring it altogether?

*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:

Violence is the Only Option -When interests collide, some characters resort to violence to get what they want. Even if you want to avoid it, combat is inevitable. This week, write about a time your character has to fight with another in order to further their goal. Thanks to Oliverthefighter from the SWTOR forums for this prompt.

Paranoia: “Is it paranoia when they really are out to get you?”-- every Agent ever, and a healthy number of Sith besides. So how about your character? Are they reasonably cautious, just planning for the worst, or outright paranoid? Or is everyone really out to get them? Thanks to @Frauzet for this prompt. (And credit to Joseph Heller for the paraphrased quote)

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alaurin
06.15.2021 , 02:55 PM | #6365
Week of April 30, 2021

Partners: Who is your character’s partner? Or perhaps who are your character’s partners? Romantic partner(s) aside, who are some of your character’s other allies? They can be friends, business relations, co-workers, or even partners in crime. How loyal are they to your character and vice-versa? Not every partner would follow your character everywhere. Some might be reliable only so long as the money (or whatever they get out of the arrangement) lasts. Your character might feel the same about them too!

*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:

Adventure Time!: Adventuring isn’t a typical career. Most people stay at home with ordinary jobs, taking care of the farm figuratively or literally. What was it that changed your character’s course? Were they always adventurous? The first one climbing the rock or jumping in the pool since toddlerhood? Were they pushed into it by circumstance or a timely visit by a wizard? Gradually funneled into an adventurous life one decision at a time until they hardly recognize their lives? Explore your character’s first step off the ordinary path for the one less taken. What was your character's very first adventure?

Compromise: insisting on having everything their way all the time is a sure way for your character to lose friends and alienate allies. When have they had to compromise? Accept less than everything in order to get some of it? Negotiate a deal where everyone wins and no one really loses? It could be any kind of situation--from sharing a meal to deciding how to run a government. There’s bound to be some things they can’t bend on and others they may, and they have to negotiate similar stances with others. Write about a time your character needed to compromise and did, or didn’t, and what happened.

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alaurin
06.19.2021 , 07:23 AM | #6366
Time to finish catching up!

Week of May 7, 2021

Change of Heart: Characters often grow and change in their stories, but usually their core beliefs remain the same. Suppose they didn’t? Some of the most satisfying stories--fiction and non--involve a character having a complete change of heart. The miser-to-generous is well-known, but consider any strongly held belief for change. What experiences make the character reconsider? Is it momentary and fleeting, or long lasting? The change doesn’t have to be for the good, either. A kind character could become cruel, or an open-minded one become hidebound and inflexible. Write about your character’s heart growing--or shrinking--three sizes, and what happened when it did.

*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:

Kiss The Girl: or guy, or nonbinary; whoever or whatever it is that your character is falling for (and, we hope, is falling for them as well) this is it. The Kiss. The Moment you've been waiting to write. So write it! Make it the end after a slow burn, or start with the Kiss and move forward.

Over Your Head- Interesting stories happen when your character is least expecting it, and least prepared. Maybe they misread the situation. Maybe their information was incorrect or incomplete. Perhaps an enemy (or friend!) arranged the whole thing. Or maybe they stumbled into the villain's lair on accident. Maybe the villains stumbled into theirs! What do they do? How does your character handle being in over their head?

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alaurin
06.19.2021 , 07:25 AM | #6367
Week of May 14, 2021

Left Behind: A friend, a lover, a prized possession, relationship baggage, clothes that don't fit, heirlooms they hate, roles they can't fill. What did your character leave behind to start their adventure? Was your character the one left behind when everyone else went away? What happens in a story where the adventure comes to them? In the “go ahead without me” trope, who gets left behind and why? If your character, why were they left and why did they ask? Who faces consequences when all the others return home?

*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:

Devil Boss: Our characters aren’t always independent. Sometimes they have to take orders. And sometimes those orders, the one giving them, or both, are impossible. How does your character deal with a ridiculous situation? One they maybe aren’t meant to survive, complete, or would have to be insane to attempt? Suppose the orders they get are incompatible or in direct opposition. Maybe the orders aren’t so bad but their boss is just a pain to deal with. This week, imagine your character dealing with their boss, or at least someone around whom they should tread carefully, but who isn’t at all obliged to do the same.

Lost and Found: Characters lose things: keys, rings, treasures, friends, their way. They find things too: rings (again), companions, their courage. This week, write about what your character has lost, or what they found. Or both.

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alaurin
06.19.2021 , 07:26 AM | #6368
Week of May 21, 2021

Credit Where Credit is Due: When a companion or an advisor comes up with a good plan, will your character act on it? Suppose it was someone they disliked? A rival? When it comes time to take credit, will they acknowledge the help? What about a time when a mentor or superior used your character’s advice or idea? Were they praised? Or blamed, if the plan didn’t work so well? Did your character throw someone under the bus? Was your character the one run over? How do their actions affect the rest of their story? Is your character willing to give credit where it’s due, or do they hog the spotlight (except when it’s inconvenient)?

*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:

To Sleep: perchance to dream? Humans spend, on average, one third of their lives asleep. We have rooms, furniture, phrases and clothing all dedicated to this biological necessity. What does your character do to sleep? Do they have special rituals? Do they need a sleep mask and soothing music or can they fall asleep anywhere, anytime? Do they prefer near silence and darkness? White noise and a night light? Are they always uncomfortable in a strange place? Does having a familiar object--pillow, blanket, childhood teddy bear--make it better? Pets? What about snoring or tossing and turning? Do they have a bedmate (or housemate) to annoy, or who annoys them? Maybe their sleep schedule is at odds with the rest of the world for some reason. Maybe they don’t have a sleep schedule--their days are too erratic. Perhaps they don't require sleep themselves but find it an interesting trait in their companions.

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 quality. How does everyone deal with it?

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alaurin
06.19.2021 , 07:29 AM | #6369
Week of May 28, 2021

The Easy Way or the Hard Way: a staple of police procedurals and military dramas, usually involving someone with information they might not want to share. Has your character been on either side of this dynamic? What did they do and what happened to them? The easy/hard dichotomy can happen in other situations too: baking a cake, climbing a mountain, or breaking into the tyrant's castle. Usually the "easy way" is higher risk or less likely to succeed but quicker, while the "hard way" is lower risk or more sure but slower. Any combination is possible! Maybe "easy" works just as well but is considered cheating: using magic or power tools or extra help. Maybe "hard" is more durable or long lasting but expensive while "easy" cuts corners and falls apart. Maybe "hard" is just traditional and "easy" is Kids These Days. “Hard” is over-complicated and “easy” is straightforward. Why does your character choose one way over another, and why? Are they consistent?

*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:

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Think Han Solo turning the corner into the stormtrooper barracks. When has your character done something that made the situation worse? Tried to roll with the situation, but ended up in hotter water instead? Stuck with the original plan even when events changed so as to render it useless? Maybe things didn’t get worse, but definitely didn’t improve at all and now there’s a different crisis. Write about an idea that seemed like a good one at the time, but turned out less so.

Games: Cards? Dice? Board? Ball? Video? Games of chance, games of skill, physical games as individuals or teams. Quiet pastime games, crowd-entertainment spectacles. Coliseums, pitches, dining room tables. Games for all ages, games for children, games for adults. Sentient species everywhere play all kinds of games and for various reasons. There could be no lasting repercussions, or it could be deadly. This week, make a game or its outcome important in your story.

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alaurin
06.19.2021 , 07:31 AM | #6370
Week of June 4, 2021

Networking: What’s your character’s preferred way to make connections, gather information, or acquire favors? Do they go to or host parties? Use whatever social media exists in their world? Talk to friends? Take out advertisements? Hang around where they think the kind of person they need is likely to show? How subtle are they? Do they make friendly overtures first or bypass the social niceties? Do they get aggressive when they don’t get their way? How does that manifest: throwing punches or throwing shade? Why do they choose their approach? Are they consistent or do they change depending on the situation and what they need?

*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:

Vulnerable: Our characters aren't always in charge of everything. Everyone has weak spots. Everyone gets into difficult situations. Consider a time when your character was vulnerable in some way. Physically-- maybe they’re a prisoner. Emotionally--a loved one or dear friend took advantage of them. Spiritually--they discovered the universe doesn't really work the way they were taught. Even the least introspective character has vulnerabilities. Peek through a gap in your character’s armor and find a story.

Missing You: Your character relies on friends and companions, but they can't be there all the time. A companion takes a vacation. Maybe they had an appointment, ran an errand, or stormed off in a huff. Maybe they grew apart, took a job or a post in a faraway place. Maybe they just went to work for the day. Sometimes you don't realize how much you depend on someone until they're not there. Who does your character miss when they're gone and why?