in_the_blue: (suit up and go)
Fandom: Drowning Again (original)
Word Count: 461
Rating: G
Characters: Tom, Caroline
Notes: I... yeah. I've been meaning to get back to this story and see what I can do with it. Maybe this short ghost story will inspire me to work on it some more. If anyone wants to read the original, let me know.

The first time he saw his sister... )
in_the_blue: (kara waving goodbye)
I Need My Fics inspired me, and I don't want to lose the momentum it gave me. So I'm offering up a writing challenge for anyone who's interested.



Rules:

Fandom: any fandom, including original.
Word count: Between 100-500 words.
Main theme: A ghost story.
Ratings: No restrictions.
Duration: Challenge opens now (September 19) and runs for two weeks. Closes at the end of day Friday, October 3.



To gear up for Halloween, tell us a ghost story. Anything from a drabble to something of... well, more substance (although ectoplasm is encouraged).

Post your fics as comments to this entry, or post them in your own journal and link to your story below. Feel free to do as few or as many as you want, and if you read one, be sure to leave a review or a comment. Everyone's welcome, so spread the word.
in_the_blue: (mrs. schroeder)
A while ago some of you said you'd be up for a writing challenge that didn't have the restriction of 100 words only, so here goes. I'm doing things little bit differently this time, feel free to join in all over the place as often as you like.

We all know that the backbone of a story is its characters. In order for our characters to be well-rounded and realistic, they have to have... well, a lot of realistic qualities. I've said a number of times that one of the things that clues me in to knowing I'm writing a pretty good character is when I know some of their memories. Not all, because memories are selective things and subject to change over time, but something that works in the moment. With that in mind, I'm thinking this challenge should be all about character development through memory.



Rules:

Fandom: any fandom, including (encouraging) original.
Word count: Let's do a minimum of 500 words.
Main theme: A memory from your chosen character.
Ratings: No restrictions.
Duration: Challenge opens now (March 29) and runs for two weeks. Closes at the end of day Friday, April 12.



Put on your writing hats and go! Show us a memory. If it's a canon character, let us know who he or she or it is and what canon you're working from. If they're original, give us a little context so we know what we're looking at. Pick someone from a work-in-progress, a RP character, or anyone you like. I'm easy, and so are all the characters living in my head.

Post your fics as comments to this entry, or post them in your own journal and link to your story below. Feel free to do as few or as many as you want, and if you read one, be sure to leave a review or a comment. Everyone's welcome, so spread the word.
in_the_blue: (gren + faye = OTP)
I know yuletide's coming up, but... anyone interested in a writing challenge right here in this journal? Because I had so much fun with the fic exchange, clearly I didn't get enough?

Whatever it is, help a girl out.

If you're so inclined.

[Poll #1786426]
(Denny created the poll, I'm not paying anyone.)

I know, I know, it's tough. But I miss the days when we did this over here. I had kind of a fuck of a day, and I'm looking for something to ameliorate it. (I don't think I've ever used that word in an actual sentence before!)
in_the_blue: (hello I've waited here for you)
You can read the story here, but I digress.

I'm counting on you guys! Here, join me in a writing challenge.



Rules:

Fandom: any established fandom (no original universe pieces).
Word count: at least 250; no upper limit
Main theme: All my life I've been searching for something
Ratings: No restrictions.
Duration: Two weeks. Challenge opens now (January 10) and closes at 11:59 p.m. in whatever time zone you inhabit on Sunday, January 23.



Post your ficlets as comments to this entry. Feel free to do as few or as many as you want, and if you see one you really like, be sure to leave a review or a comment. Everyone's welcome, so have fun.

Don't forget, more prompts specifically for drabbles at [livejournal.com profile] 100wordstories.
in_the_blue: (ms. pacman)
In honor of Valentine's Day, a writing challenge!



Rules:

Fandom: any fandom.
Word count: According to my sources, a drabble is precisely 100 words. No more, no less.
Main theme: What's love got to do with it?
Ratings: No restrictions.
Duration: Challenge opens now (February 12) and runs for a week. Closes at the end of day Friday, February 19.



A while ago I did an experiment in precise writing with ficlets of exactly 100 words and it was so much fun and I felt so accomplished that I decided to do it again. But I get bored looking at my own stuff, so... here you go. We should all be able to come up with 100 words in a week's time, right?

Post your fics as comments to this entry, or post them in your own journal and link to your story below. Feel free to do as few or as many as you want, and if you read one, be sure to leave a review or a comment. Everyone's welcome, so spread the word.
in_the_blue: (vincent is prettier than you)
I haven't done one of these in a long time, and it just seems like a good idea.

TIME FOR A WRITING CHALLENGE!



Rules:

Fandom: any fandom.

Word count: Let's say a minimum of 300 words, just to give it a little substance.

Main theme: Someone Else.

Ratings: No restrictions.

Duration: Challenge opens now (October 22) and runs for 2 weeks. Closes at the end of day Thursday, November 5.



The inspiration from this comes from [livejournal.com profile] ashavah, who's currently working on a series of sketches of one character as seen through the eyes of someone else. Brilliant, Jess! And so I steal it, but with a twist. You don't have to write about someone through another person's eyes. Just write whatever the theme "someone else" suggests to you.

Post your fics as comments to this entry, or post them in your own journal and link to your story below. Feel free to do as few or as many as you want, and if you see one you really like, be sure to leave a review or a comment. Everyone's welcome. HAVE FUN! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.
in_the_blue: (gren + faye = OTP)
[livejournal.com profile] miriammoules challenged me to do another writing challenge, so here goes.



Rules:

Fandom: any fandom, original or not. If you're feeling nostalgic and confessional, Real Person Stuff(TM) allowed too.

Word count: oh, let's don't limit ourselves. Go for it. Any length.

Main theme: Life is measured in song.

Ratings: No restrictions.

Duration: Challenge opens now (October 25) and closes at the end of day Friday, November 7.



Post your fics as comments to this entry but if the rating on yours is >PG-13, please post them in your own journal with appropriate flagging and link to your story below. Feel free to do as few or as many as you want, and if you see one you really like, be sure to leave a review or a comment. Everyone's welcome, so have fun.

P.S. Can't wait for Season Five of Lost? Write with us at [livejournal.com profile] 815survivors.
in_the_blue: (gren + faye = OTP)
By request, I bring you a writing challenge.



Rules:

Fandom: any fandom, original or not.

Word count: 700 or less

Main theme: At night, every sound is magnified.

Ratings: No restrictions.

Duration: Challenge opens now (April 17) and closes at 11:59 p.m. in whatever time zone you inhabit on Wednesday, May 7.



Post your ficlets as comments to this entry. Feel free to do as few or as many as you want, and if you see one you really like, be sure to leave a review or a comment. Everyone's welcome, so have fun. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] miriammoules for the request.

Don't forget, more prompts specifically for the Lost fandom over at [livejournal.com profile] 815survivors.
in_the_blue: (animaniacs)
Are you ready, kids?

I think it's time. It's a new year, and that means it's time for a NEW WRITING CHALLENGE. So roll up your sleeves, crack your knuckles, and let's begin!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to let one of your roleplay characters write THE WORST FANFICTION EVER. It can be fanfiction about their canon or about another canon, but it has to be written by one of your roleplay characters and has to be submitted by that RP journal. Got it? So, for instance, Jet Black could submit the Ed/Ein fantasy he's always wanted to write, or Hermione Granger could pen that little ditty about Neville and Mimbulus Mimbletonia in the Astronomy Tower, or... Jack Sparrow could weave a tale of intrigue about Axel and Demyx. Whatever, so long as it's submitted by a roleplay character and it's bad fanfiction: you get the picture.



Rules:

Fandom:
any fandom your RP character wants to write, either his/her own or a different one.

Word count: 1000 or less

Main theme: BAD FANFICTION.

Ratings: No restrictions, but for the love of God, don't violate the LJ TOS.

Duration: Challenge opens now (January 4) and closes at 11:59 p.m. in whatever time zone you inhabit on Friday, January 26. We give you lots and lots of time for this one.



Come one, come all, and pimp this one far and wide. Let's get a lot of crack fanfiction for this challenge. I'd love to see the worst your characters can do... and honestly, so would they.

Rule clarification: if you don't have a roleplay journal for the character begging to write the WORST FANFIC EVER, submit it anonymously and let everyone know which character's writing it. You'll have to remember to check back for comments, but that ought to work. Or heck, write it with your own journal and just make it very clear which character authored your epic piece of nonsense.

Restless

Dec. 1st, 2007 08:48 pm
in_the_blue: (vincent's cell phone)
I feel... like I should be doing something. So I'm going to do this here writing challenge. Feel free to join in. We're going longer, but don't let that fluster you. I love everything from short-short-short works to the longer ones but this isn't the place to catch up on that last chapter you never completed for NaNoWriMo.

Since it's the holiday season and the spirit of giving, we're going with a gift-centered theme here, but... with a twist. Read on.



Rules:

Fandom: any fandom your little old heart desires, either original or not, but no real-person stories.

Word count: 1000 or less

Main theme: A gift unexpectedly received.

Ratings: No restrictions.

Duration: Challenge opens now (December 1) and closes at 11:59 p.m. in whatever time zone you inhabit on Sunday, December 9.



Post your ficlets as comments to this entry. Feel free to do as few or as many as you want, and if you see one you really like, be sure to leave a review or a comment. Have at it, and have fun. I know this is a busy time of year for people and a lot of you are working on Yuletide fics too, but what the heck, right?
in_the_blue: (bloody comma)
It's the last week of September, or close enough, and that means it's a good time for another writing challenge. I used to run these monthly, but then interest waned and life changed, and yeah, all that stuff happened. But due to popular demand, we'll make another go of it.

So. Autumn. Change. The end of long lazy days, a return to responsibility. Never let it be said I don't get my inspiration from what's right outside my window. Here in sunny Portland, Oregon, September and October are beautiful months. My flowers are still flowering and my birds are still hovering around the feeders. The bees are buzzing and stealing protein-based foods to stock up for winter and the cats are mousing and the mice are running and the voles are digging. But growing up on the east coast (lovely downtown Connecticut, thank you for asking), the end of September heralded an entirely different turn of events. It was time to dig up the plants or put out the mums, cover up the air conditioners, put away the summer clothes and get out the winter ones, stock up on wood for the fireplace for the winter. It always felt like a little death to me to see summer go by the wayside so quickly. On the other hand, autumn had its own promise: spirals of breath making pretty patterns as we waited for the morning school bus, the relief and comfort of sweaters on a crisp day, apple picking and fresh cider, the crackle of leaves beneath our feet. Leaf piles, jumping in amidst the spiders and grubs, things like that.

*ahem.*

Today's challenge follows. It's a little longer on the maximum side than usual to allow the topic to bring out your inner poet.



Rules:

  • Fandom: original or fandom ROLEPLAY

  • Word count: 800 or less

  • Main theme: Autumn through your character's eyes

  • Ratings: No restrictions.

  • Duration: Challenge opens now (September 27) and closes at 11:59 p.m. in whatever time zone you inhabit on Monday, October 8, stretched out a little just for grins.
Post your ficlets as comments to this entry. Feel free to do as few or as many as you want, and if you see one you really like, be sure to leave a review or a comment. This one's designed to get you thinking about your roleplay character and how they react to an inevitable if familiar event. If you don't roleplay but still want to join in, pick a character or make one up. How's that sound?

Let's play.
in_the_blue: (spike reading in bed)
I miss the days when I used to host writing challenges right here in this very journal.

So. Now that the seventh Harry Potter book has been written... I think it's time for a different kind of writing challenge. I used to host the short-short ficlets, 300 words or less, open fandom.

Today, I'm going OC. And that doesn't stand for Orange County: it stands for original character.

Ready? 3, 2, 1, let's... get inspired to write original fiction, folks. The theme for the challenge is change: take 500 words to introduce an original character and demonstrate some measure of change for him, for her, for it.



Rules:

  • Fandom: original only

  • Word count: 500 or less

  • Main theme: change

  • Ratings: No restrictions.

  • Duration: Challenge opens now (August 30) and closes at 11:59 p.m. in whatever time zone you inhabit on Wednesday, September 5.
Post your ficlets as comments to this entry. Feel free to do as few or as many as you want, and if you see one you really like, be sure to leave a review or a comment. Remember, original fic only. I'll crack my knuckles and get going as soon as I get a few hours' sleep.



NOTE: All ficlets in comments here are the property of their respective writers. Consider them copywritten with all rights reserved. If you want to quote, copy, or redistribute, please get the author's permission first. Otherwise, I'll have to lock this down. Thanks.
in_the_blue: (bloody comma)
Writing Challenge day.

Those of you who said don't do it in July because of HBP can, as always, feel free to take a pass. But as promised, here is this month's writing challenge and guidelines. Come and play if you want! (Yn Cymraeg: der i chwarae!)



Rules (remember, they're more like guidelines):
  • Fandom: any, so long as it's one you know well. Yes, HP HBP fics allowed!

  • Word count: 300 or less

  • Main theme: Family

  • Ratings: No restrictions.

  • Duration: Challenge opens today and closes at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 24. Just one week.
Post your drabbles as comments to this entry. Feel free to do as few or as many as you want, and if you see one you really like, be sure to leave a review or a comment.
in_the_blue: (bloody comma)
Third month in a row. Ready, set, get out those pens and/or fingers to the keyboard...

Here's this month's loosely-defined DRABBLE challenge and the guidelines.



Rules (remember, they're more like guidelines):
  • Fandom: any, so long as it's one you know well.

  • Word count: 300 or less

  • Main theme: the concept of empty or emptiness.

  • Ratings: No restrictions.

  • Duration: Challenge opens today and closes at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Just for fun.
Post your drabbles as comments to this entry. And yes, please comment on other peoples' work. Feedback is a reader's gift to a writer.

On your mark, get set... go.
in_the_blue: (bloody comma)
Exactly a month ago, I posted my first writing challenge for all of you in my LJ. Afterwards, I took a poll and most people voted for me to run them monthly and in my LJ, as opposed to on some other time frame and in a new challenge community.

So. Monthly it is; in my LJ it is. Last month we focused on the sense of taste and I know there are still four more senses to go, but why be stuck in a rut?

Here's this month's loosely-defined DRABBLE challenge and the guidelines.



Rules (Once again, Captain Barbossa reminds me they're more like guidelines):
  • Fandom: any, so long as it's one you know well.

  • Word count: 300 or less

  • Main theme: Magic. Whatever that means to you or your character! Don't feel constrained by whether or not your character wields a wand, all right? And no comments necessary on the obvious double-entendre there.

  • Ratings: No restrictions.

  • Duration: 1 week. Challenge opens today and closes Tuesday, May 24.

Post your drabbles as comments to this entry. And yes, you can comment on other peoples' work. Feedback is always nice.

Ready, steady, go.

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