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  1. Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, robots and writers of all shapes and sizes gather round! Welcome to the Official CTF Monthly Writing Challenge! *Grandiose Theme Music* Alright guys, so I've heard it expressed a number of times in the last few years that many of see RPGs (my personal writing love) not only as a fun thing to do on the weekends (weekdays, wee hours of the night, on an iphone while in class...) but also as a way to improve our writing skills. The monthly challenge thread is really just a way to continue on in that tradition. I'm calling it a 'challenge' instead of a competition because while we certainly can discuss each others work, the point here is more for growth and improvement than any reward. Constructive criticism is encouraged here, but remember that at the end of the day the whole purpose of this particular forum is for a group of friends to write in a positive environment. Right. Here's how things are gonna run: On the 1st of each month (or close to it), I or another member with my permission will post a writing prompt or challenge for everyone to work on. Anyone can post an entry for that particular challenge anytime during that period (from one 1st to the next) but on the 1st of the next month, when the next challenge is issued that particular challenge will be closed. If there's enough interest, this may become a bi-weekly challenge and then things would turn over on the 1st and the 15th. Rules: 1. Unless otherwise stated, submissions should not exceed what can fit in one post on this forum. This isn't an insubstantial amount by any means but you should keep this in mind when making your submissions. 2. Entries may take any form. Short stories are wonderful. Poetry? Lovely! Fanfic? Go right ahead! (However, if you arn't using your original characters please state so at the top of your post). All genres and subjects are game (so long as it's CTF appropriate) and you're free to write however you wish! This thread is supposed to be about growing as a writer! No matter what medium that takes. 3. Watch your formatting. None of ya'll are bad at this, but these entries could potentially get long and giant blocks of text are hard to read. Keep in mind how the entry will read. 4. No Off Topic in entry posts! An entry is an entry only! However, feel free to discuss the current months challenge as much as you want in the thread. <3 5. Don't be afraid to asks questions or offer ideas for new prompts! Honestly, I've got about four or five 'challenges' in mind but I would love to hear your ideas! Especially since I don't really know what type of challenges y'all are looking for. 6. Entry is, of course, always optional. You don't have to submit an entry every month and its really no big deal if you never submit any at all. At this time, there arn't really "Winners" per say, but if this is something people want we can incorporate it in the future. 7. Every entry needs to include three things at the top in bold. 1. The title of the piece, 2. The Challenge Month and 3. The Challenge name. This is mainly so it's easier to see what's up. And thats it! So now.... *drumroll*..... The first official CTF Monthly Writing Challenge!
  2. Silentflood

    Writing Prompt Party

    I will use this thread to post writing prompts that I find... feel free to add any that you guys come up with then you can visit this thread if you're looking for a writing prompt or boost of creativity! Prompt: Every so often a dream catcher must be 'emptied' of all the nightmares it caught. Who does it and what do they see?
  3. Silentflood

    Post Your Poems Here!

    I noticed there are no threads where we can post our poetry in the comments. So here you go, post a poem that you wrote below. I'll post one of mines...PS. One of my shorter ones at least...I'm writing a poetry book currently titled "Eye of the Storm" so when it FINALLY gets published, feel free to support me by purchasing a copy Past The Expiration Date You would never think relationships expire With all these sitcoms of happy families, They never show what happens when the cameras are off My parents fell out of love, as easily as it took to fall in love It didn’t happen in a quick explosion It was the little sparks and smoke in the air that polluted my lungs It was the smiling and late night scream fests that shook the roof It was the “I’m sleeping in the other room” and the “I hate you” As the date slowly approached, I saw the cracks in their smiles I saw the avoidance and detesting of one another I heard the custody wars They were like porcelain pots Once overheated they began to meltdown We all saw that they were about to expire We just ignored it, hoping no one else would notice Until the time ran out for all of us
  4. Shasta Daisy

    Quotes For Writers

    I just thought that this would be a great topic to put up there for all the writers on CTF. Here is where we can share inspirational quotes about writing with eachother, and help improve our writing skills by learning from the great authors we admire. Here are some quotes by some of my favorite authors, and some not-so-favorite authors that happened to have good advise, and even some who were not really authors, giving tips that might help to improve writing skills:   "If you're going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow." - Louis L'Amour "I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English - it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in." - Mark Twain "Merely because you've got something to say that may be of interest to others does not free you from making all due effort to express that something in the best possible medium and form." - Jack London "Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words." - Mark Twain "Write hard and clear about what hurts." - Ernest Hemingway "A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it." - Edgar Allan Poe "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." - Benjamin Franklin "What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story." - F. Scott Fitzgerald "The value of an idea lies in the using of it." - Thomas A. Edison   If you know of other great quotes that apply to writing, feel free to post them here! I'd love to hear what y'all have to say!
  5. I don't know about anybody else on here, but I know that when I'm having trouble getting into the mood of the story I am currently writing, I like to put on some music that inspires that kind of mood. If I'm writing a romance, I'll put on the "Romeo and Juliet Theme" by Henry Mancini. Or if I'm writing a Western, I'll play "The Ballad of Billy the Kid" by Billy Joel. Like that. So I was just wondering... what music do you guys like to listen to while writing? What mood does that music put you in?
  6. Jesusismyticket

    GERALD ~ a book

    Hello! So I have decided to post my story here! I have been working on a book, I call ti Gerald. I do not want to give away my plot so I will not! You'll have to read it and see what comes. Feel free to discuss it, and give me advice on the writing. it is greatly appreciated! We will begin with the Prologue. Prologue I remember running and running, I could not turn back. He told me to run as far away as I could. I stopped in the middle of the woods, catching my breath. Should I go back for him? What do I do now? Looking around, I chose to run back to the small cabin house I had always known. Back to the vacancy that would await me. I stepped inside, seeing everything shattered. I skimmed through the house, down to the classic heater in the lower part. It was set full fire, and something obviously burning. My comfort was a simple note. "Dear Julia, I had given many warnings to what would come, however, none were noticed. I do not blame you. I would have never believed it if I were you either. I told you long ago the only way I could leave was to find peace, and I have now found it. I know you are safe, and the danger is nevermore. Now you will live, and I will be watching over you. You will always be my little sister. Gerald"
  7. Jesusismyticket


    earlier in another place we were showing off handwriting, thought it'd be fun here this sentence should cover most letters. write it in block/print and if you know how also cursive. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
  8. I'm not limiting this to antagonists. Let's discuss anti-heroes, tragic heroes, and other characters from the darker side of the spectrum (and how they can act as antagonists in stories). And, since antagonists aren't necessarily characters, we can discuss interesting conflicts in books and other media. The antagonist could be a force or an institution. It could be an inner conflict. I'm fascinated by antagonists in literature. I'd love to know how many of you feel the same way. Abigail
  9. teddiebean01

    pen pals :)

    hey guys! ever since i was little i've wanted a writing friend..... but whenever i send my friends letters they never reply. so does anyone want to be my pen pal? just wondering :) - Graci
  10. Hello everyone, I am preparing for publishing a biography of Lawrence of Arabia. There are many books on his life, but few of them are trustworthy. Some writers represented him as a superhuman hero, others made an anti-hero of him, but who was he in reality? He was a human - a loving and very unhappy human. My object was to show his complex personality and importance as a military leader. If you are interested in him, write me! I shall be happy to talk to you about this wonderful man! Moreover, if you need understanding and support, don't hesitate to write me. Best wishes, Olga, a gay writer and historian from Russia
  11. Hey! I would love to have a writing buddy. You know, give eachother feedback, constructive critiques, brainstorming partner, new ideas. I write fiction, kinda whimsical, anything can happen, fairytale feel. (In other words not realistic fiction.) My writing is very humorous and more light hearted. Adventures, danger and a little bit of romance, (because books just need a cute guy. ) I would love to get a buddy who reads and writes that genre as well... it just makes it easier to write it when you know the person you're sharing it with knows the feel you're going for. I am up for having a guy partner but he has to realize my writing is probably more geared towards girls, and is from a girls POV. But if you're cool with that I'm game. BUT, if you don't write that genre, still post that you want a buddy... Just please put down what kind of writing you do, and maybe someone will see it on here and be a perfect buddy for you. Thanks guys! Happy writing!
  12. Weary, shaky hand to blank, white paper. "What to write" thoughts go through my head as I think endlessly, only to come up empty-handed. I would write 24/7 if I only could, but alas, I cannot. So these thoughts in my head are trapped, only to be released like a calming storm when I feel so. I do not get bursts of inspiration often. Only when certain things come to mind. I could write about anything, and everything. So I do. When the thoughts get jumbled up with no hope of straightening themselves, that's when it becomes a Freewrite. I try to find something to write about every day. Whether it be an essay, a Freewrite, or even a poem... I try to write at least once every day. I do not think I could write more than 3 times a day... Not enough inspiration in the day for that. At night is when I feel inspired, but by that time I am too tired to write a thing. If I could build myself a writing room, with nothing but pen, paper and computer, then I would. I would store my works on bookshelves, to be seen by wondering eyes. That is my dream. To have a writing room, and maybe a library for my reading. However, I would also like my works to be published one fine day. That is one of my biggest dreams about being a writer... To let the world read my works, and let them see the world through my eyes. Written by Me - April 11, 2011 at 3:00 PM
  13. The goal of this is... Well, to Freewrite. Anything and everything, basically. I'll be posting some of my Freewrites... A selective few I'll keep in my surrealist maniac head. =p What is a Freewrite? A Freewrite is basically where you have a pen and paper (or in this case, a keyboard and computer) and you just write down what you are thinking and/or feeling without stopping. (Until you feel you are satisfied/run out of crap to say.) Who can Freewrite? Anyone with a mind and thoughts to think. However, if you lack that then... Well, get off the internet. What are Freewrites supposed to be about? Anything and everything. Why Freewrite? Well in my personal opinion, Freerwiting is a way to release all of those pent-up emotions you are/have been feeling. Thus, getting them out. You can even Freewrite when you have reports due. I hear it really helps. But your thinking process has to be on that specific subject or you will fail that class... Greatly. Any more questions? Just ask! *~Freewrites from me coming soon~*