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Thu May 24, 2012 1:44 pm
New word! The one I wrote for last night was monitor.

The wood building was unimposing from the outside, humble, rough-hewn, and every bit what one might expect in the midst of the countryside. Inside was a different matter. Paraphenelia of every sort of religion or cult that could ever have claimed to have been imagined in the world, no matter how obscure was there.

These could be worked into interesting drabbles. Ahm. Are you familiar with those as a form? They're kind of new to me and interesting. But about the opposite of what I usually do.
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Thu May 24, 2012 2:02 pm
This is a cool thread guys, and a good way to get some activity in this area of the forums... Yes :3

I used to write poetry, songs, and short stories when I was in junior high and high school, but since then I've leaned more towards drawing and making things... But maybe this thread will inspire me to pick up writing again... :3

I tried out that oneword site, its pretty cool... Though my first one was pretty short, I guess I'll do better with it the more I participate...

My word was lodge...
He walked into the hunter's lodge after a long day in the woodlands. He had gotten two rabbits, three deer, and more small birds than he could count...

I'm hanging out with hunters too much lately I think, lol...

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Thu May 24, 2012 2:05 pm
Shugga -- I'm pretty excited about oneword. I mean, no matter how good or bad you are, one minute of writing is totally doable. And it's fun seeing how many different treks people's minds can go on in just the span of one minute.

And I like yours! That's honestly something that would not have occurred to me.


I love how you managed to work an entire plot into yours Turtle. I had no idea what I was going to do with mine if I had more time to write it.
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Fri May 25, 2012 5:22 am
@Shugga: That was really good! I thought of a membership lodge. Ya know like men join sometimes? We have a Knights of Pythagoras here in my hometown. They make super awesome Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Chicken every year for the Elephant Garlic Festival (my fave time of year! Elephant Ears and Garlic-y food yay!)

@WildFae: Yours was cool too! I really love this thread!! And I kind of have an idea to turn some of my snippets into short stories.

Oooh IDEA!! We should totally have a contest for picking one of mine or your snippets and making a short story of them!!! That can be our next one!

Rainbow Sheep Face!! Bahhhh!
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Fri May 25, 2012 3:07 pm
New challenge for the night --

The dog bounded after the thrown stick, enthusiasm unending, despite the fact that this was his twentieth time after this particular stick.

"He never does seem to get tired of it, does he," the girl said to the boy.

Unperturbed by the laughter behind him, the dog came trotting back, his prize in tow.

Line that I wanted to add on to the end of it.

"Silly human keeps losing it. She's lucky she has me around." The dog thought to itself.


Turtle -- That does sound fun! We could ask people to use one of the ones that they post here. That is a great way to encourage a bit of expansion and put these exercises to good use.


Another challenge! I am trying for drabbles -- very, very short stories that are contained within themselves. I think I succeeded this time. Last line was added after the chime.

You took my hand and I followed. I was so certain that you knew the way, because you always knew the way. And then we found ourselves here ... lost ... and I realized that you'd been lying all along.

Turns out that leading isn't nearly so much about knowing where you're going as being really confident about it, and of making the best of a bad situation.

We sat and had a picnic and waited for the search party to find us. Wasn't how I was planning on spending my day, but it was one of the best days of my life.

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Sat May 26, 2012 2:23 pm
I use to be a writer back in highschool and had a few of my stories and poems published. That was an amazing feeling to see your name on an official envelope saying, "Your artwork has been choosen".

I still write here and there, but it wasn't like my prime, where I would write every week/day if I could. Now it's a miracle if I even pick up a pen and paper. Sad

I want to get back into writing though because I am bursting with ideas.
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Sat May 26, 2012 3:45 pm
You should totally join the oneword challenge! It's a minute of writing based on a one-word prompt so it's pretty low in terms of time commitment and really a chance to develop a complicated or difficult plot. That's what we're posting here daily. I've been having a lot of fun with it.

I had a few poems accepted into school anthologies in elementary school but I really wasn't much good, and that has only become more clear over time. I like prose but poetry is just beyond my grasp.

Smile If you want to talk about ideas or stuff like that here, the conversation would be more than welcome. I just finally got over a rough scene that I've been putting off for months and months. Excited because this means I can finally get moving on the rest of the story. If I stay in gear and don't get lazy again.
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Sat May 26, 2012 3:59 pm
My current work in the making called Grocery Store Lock-Up

Two employees finish bagging up their final customers’ items and hand them their receipt. They lock up the front entrance then begin to clean up the store and put cans, boxes, cartons, and bags in the correct locations. As the two proceed to haul the huge trash back to the dumpster in the back A group of creatures are running around in circles chasing each other playing tag. One stops and begins tightening up its entire body, looking like it is in pain. As it looks worse it takes in a deep breath and sneezes. But when it sneezes a bubble appears with the creatures’ colors inside. Its entire body is transparent. The other animals in the group stop to laugh and the “naked” animal laughs along before eating the bubble and regaining its colors.

((more of epic plot that I cannot find the right words for goes here but for now I shall skip ahead))

Two employees go home for the night. When they wake up in the morning and drive to work, they park behind the store to see if they will encounter the unique creatures again. Slowly the animals crawl out of their hiding spots and follow the workers into the store.

As shoppers walk around, they notice their items are being stolen, opened up, and pranks are being pulled, however, nobody is close to them or capable of pulling off these shenanigans and disappearing that quickly.

This is how I normally post my ideas. Instead of making bullets or notes, I put every single run-on sentence, incomplete thought, weird jibber-jabber into actualy paragraphs so I can see how it looks as a story. Then what I normally do is find stronger words to replace the basic ones and add, combine, or move sentences around until I get this nice flow.
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Sat May 26, 2012 8:39 pm
Hi Ivy, I read your story bit there, psychedelic. It left me wondering, that's for sure. ^__^

Ok I am going to do One Word now. I won't say what the word is so that you can go and try it yourself.

He was up to his old tricks, pulling stunt after stunt. the audience was loving it. He pulled rabbits out of his hat and stood on his head twirling knives around in the symbol of eternity. I was shocked to see Mrs. Sinclair there.
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Sat May 26, 2012 9:28 pm
Uma, I know what word it is, I got the same one... :3
Is it the same for everyone or is it random???

Anyways, here's mine for today, not sure why this is where I went with it, but here it is...

She couldn't believe he had pulled that stunt again. He called her up, after blowing her off the night before, and now he was crying and begging for forgiveness. It wasn't going to work this time though...

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Sat May 26, 2012 9:54 pm
Hello, folks.

I would probably write a heck many stories, characters and all but I've got a eeney tiney problem. They tend to be pretty... graphic and otherwise dark.
It'd be easier to know the lines how nasty or scary or so, the piece of literature can be without going past PG-13.

Also I need some theme for an RP that I can get a grasp on, the one thing I can't think about right now.
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Sun May 27, 2012 2:31 pm
If you need inspiration Kahvi you should go to oneword.com every day and do their little writing assignment.

Yes Shugga, it is the same word for everyone each day.
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Sun May 27, 2012 2:35 pm
That kind of defeats the purpose I came here~
And... I write about "stunt". That... really helped me (not at all).
Meanwhile I did get to write down a character which for some reason came out all rhyme-y(?) in my mind. Suppose I'll just figure things by myself again, thanks anyways. I'll look at that place deeper when I'm bored.
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Sun May 27, 2012 2:45 pm
I need help filling in the blanks and describing what I want the creatures to look like and how many.

I don't have the flow I want right now.
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Sun May 27, 2012 3:00 pm
Stunt --
It was never intended to be anything serious, Kale told himself as he watched Tali brace herself at the beginning of the tree branch that spanned over the raging river. No one had thought that Tali, who was only eight years old for Adiyon's sake, would take the challenge seriously.


Kahvi -- I think the oneword exercises are mostly useful for flexing the mind and getting into a writing mindset. I haven't produced anything I can picture going much further with. Though I like the challenge of being expected to write for a minute and just accept whatever I come up with.

In regards to graphicness, I think Zantarni is reasonably flexible. I checked in with Nema before I posted my assassin story though, and that seemed to be the way that the staff want things done. But that's just dark, not graphic. Graphic ... maybe staff could give you some pointers.

What sort of RPs are you interested in? What have you done?


Shugga -- They are the same for everyone. I'm not sure if I like this or dislike this. Though it makes it interesting to see what others come up with.

I like. I wish we had a bit more time to work on these ... I'd kind of like to see what people came up with in five minutes or ten minutes really. My writer's group used to do exercises where we'd have like thirty or forty minutes and we got some awesome (and occasionally really disturbing) stuff.


Uma -- Not adding the word is probably a wise idea. I'll avoid that with mine. Though I think I'm usually the last one to complete a lot of these exercises here.

I like that you took the angle you did with yours. That would not have occurred to me.


Ivy -- That is an interesting way of brainstorming and putting together the basics. I make a lot of notes, but usually it reads more as a summary than as anything quite that random. How long do your stories tend to be? Do you have a preferred length?
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