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How would having the writing challenges on Meta work out?

I am strongly in favor of this; it sounds fun and like a community-building activity. I agree with Mark Baker's point that this is unlikely to be of interest to professional writers. But I don't see ...
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Writing challenge - test run! April 20, 2017 - May 11

The carpet came spiraling out of the sky, heading towards the busy street below, a scream following in its wake like an aural contrail. The rider clung desperately to the front fringes with one hand, ...
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Writing challenge: Something new! - 26 Sep 2017 - 17 Oct 2017

“Damn it, John, get up and take off that grape outfit. It looks ridiculous, and you’re sweating like a pig.” The large, foul-smelling purple object sat there on the ground, innocently. “It’s all ...
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Writing challenge: Something new! - 26 Sep 2017 - 17 Oct 2017

The large, foul-smelling object sat on the ground, innocently. Mary was in the lead, picking her way through the brush, and held out her hand to stop Peter. Her nose crinkled in disgust. “Well, there ...
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Writing challenge - 9 Aug 2017 - 29 Aug 2017 - Television

"But mommy, I don't want a television, all the neighbors have RES!" "A what now?" "A RES, Reality Emulation System, you know that." "But those things aren't good for you, those kids live in that ...
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Writing challenge - test run! April 20, 2017 - May 11

CHALLENGE: In honor of our underage topic-starter, clean up something naughty. There once was a man from Nantucket Who constantly ran out of luck. It Puzzled him quite, So just out of spite He kept ...
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Writing challenge: Something new! - 26 Sep 2017 - 17 Oct 2017

Tilde watched as Sharla worked and lectured, trying to absorb it all. “... the planes don’t align with the calendar, it’s more a matter of local beliefs …” “... knowledge of this glyph is no longer ...
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Writing challenge: It's Magic! - 22 Oct 2017 - 12 Nov 2017

Karen sat before the monk in the same lotus position as him, as he had commanded. She felt his emotionless gaze strangely calming, as evidence he was not with her at all. After twenty minutes, however,...
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Writing challenge July 02, 2017 - July 23, 2017: Libraries / Prompt

Johanne Soze is the villain from our D&D campaign, known by the dark underworld as Kaiser Soze. Here's her backstory. The party approaches her home town, a community whose leader has traditionally ...
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How did our Meta writing challenge test run go?

The challenge was left open-ended, with just a faint suggestion of a prompt, so we got quite a variety. I don't know if that's good or bad; I found it a little hard to get started because it felt so ...
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Writing challenge - test run! April 20, 2017 - May 11

There once was a woman named Nan Who schemed up a devious plan She sailed out of Worcester Where they all but cursed her And sought out a simple, rich man. Nan settled on the man that first her Eyes ...
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Writing challenge: Trees - 4 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017

“Engineer Rees? Are you still there? Get to the root of it. Or leave.” The Supervisor was typically abrupt, but he was immune to it - she often came across more aggressively than she intended. He ...
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Writing challenge: Something new! - 26 Sep 2017 - 17 Oct 2017

The large, foul-smelling purple object sat there on the ground, innocently. "You don't like it?" "No." I replied, trying to be as neutral as I can. He's confused, I could tell. I knew this is my ...
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Writing challenge: Something new! - 26 Sep 2017 - 17 Oct 2017

It was about time Jacob had invested in a new watch. His old one was beginning to interfere with simple, daily tasks, such as decreasing in size to fit through the small door to his office. He’d spend ...
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Writing challenge: Competition & Rivalry - 27 May 2019 - 17 June 2019

Draft 2 This is my first time trying this; I've put it together in a few hours. Hopefully it reads well; many eyes make better revision. Any suggestions/criticism/feedback is quite welcome! She ...
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Writing challenge: Competition & Rivalry - 27 May 2019 - 17 June 2019

Work in progress, maybe. There would be some work to place rhymes here and there, and make stanzas of equal length. And... feedback most welcome! Text freely inspired by wetcircuit's answer to my ...
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Writing challenge July 02, 2017 - July 23, 2017: Libraries / Prompt

Elizabeth sniffed the air. "Dragon," she said distastefully. Joseph frowned. "This close to the village? Are you certain of the spell?" She nodded, an annoyed expression on her face. "I've been ...
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Writing challenge - test run! April 20, 2017 - May 11

Gone Bury the remains in the dark, the dreams, that are lost on me. Do not wander in the night, for the stars have faded away. Your footsteps will be erased, forgotten, leave the memories, the ...
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Writing challenge - test run! April 20, 2017 - May 11

Hope this passes as appropriate for 13 year olds: Sad hummingbird Sad hummingbird, Born in the rain, all alone. Your nest was poisoned years ago. Everyone you touch is dead. But I'll stay by you,...
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How would having the writing challenges on Meta work out?

This started as a comment on this answer but then it overflowed. Sure, I'm willing to give it a try. The timing of the chat event doesn't work for me and I usually fail to hunt down the topic later (...
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Writing challenge: It's Magic! - 22 Oct 2017 - 12 Nov 2017

"He will be here." Dor nodded his head. "Very soon now." A hungry look hung on his pale face. Kiara adjusted her grip on her spear, keeping it trained on the gaunt creature's chest. "I hope so." She ...
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Writing challenge: Deep in the rabbit hole - 10 July 2019 - 28 July 2019

The air is thick with the smell of water. Humidity makes dust stick to the ground, to his fur, between his toes -- airborne elements combining to form a layer of gooey grime. His body shakes from the ...
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Status of the weekly writing exercise?

As a sometimes-regular participant in the exercises, I'd like to point out that the time chosen was selected so that it'd be convenient for both Europe and North America. Specifically, we had ...
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Writing challenge - 9 Aug 2017 - 29 Aug 2017 - Television

This is very much a work in progress; I am quite literally still writing it, even though it was posted. But I'd appreciate critique while I'm in the middle, so y'all get to watch the process ;) I ...
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Writing challenge - test run! April 20, 2017 - May 11

The Vampire Tale There sat a vampire on the tree Outside the window where she couldn't see Relaxing on the branch as in a reclining chair Even with the twisted branches and leaves everywhere....
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Writing challenge: Trees - 4 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017

Why is it, at this particular time of year, as I study the trees, I feel a piece of me is dying? Could it be the fall foliage, the dry leaves falling in the breeze? Perhaps it is the absence of trees, ...
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Writing challenge: Something new! - 26 Sep 2017 - 17 Oct 2017

It was enormous, far larger than I’d expected when ordering it. No way that fits in my house. So, that was that, I had to keep it outside. I dragged it around back. Better be worth it. Moved the ...
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Writing challenge: It's Magic! - 22 Oct 2017 - 12 Nov 2017

The dog just lay there looking at him, one eye closed, one following his actions, not moving or even twitching, and although he had never been able to trust one before, he could feel the mutt's ...
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