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Welcome to the Writing Prompts & Challenges forum.

The purpose of this section is to provide ideas that will spark your creativity and encourage you to write. Approximately every other week, we will post a new prompt. Inspired members should post their work in a separate thread, using the prompt number in the thread title.

While the staff will not be providing critiques for submissions, we will read your posts and offer our comments.

All Writer’s Beat members are invited to participate, either through posting work based on the prompt, or by offering helpful advice and feedback on posted work.

In addition to the prompts selected by the staff, members can also offer a prompt or propose a challenge. We would recommend that you review the posted prompts and challenges first, however, as original suggestions are more likely to receive a favourable response.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact the staff. Your input is always appreciated.

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May we use past prompts & challenges?
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Of course! Just put in the prompt/challenge number in the thread title, so we can look back to see what the original idea was, and post it up!
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Thanks for the answer.

Another question: when a prompt refers to "you," could I instead substitute a character?
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Totally! The 'you' is just used to put 'you' into a certain situation. It actually just means 'Your character', and you're free to use first or third (or maybe even second) person as you like
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Just send me a PM with your idea, and I'll see if I can't work it in somewhere! There's been a short hiatus of new prompts and challenges (until the new Quarterly issue comes out), but I'd love to hear some suggestions for then!
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I'll see if I can't work it in somewhere!
If you can't work it in? Well that's nice!
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Lol--meaning, "but I'll probably be able to."
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And now I need some fleep. It's almost 3 am over here.
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How often are new prompts posted?
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Nope Though shorter pieces (under 2000 words) tend to get read more often than longer pieces.

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Do they need to be finished? Cause yeah, I have trouble with finishing things since I'm the sort of person that makes the Neverending Story.
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This space is really just for fun. If you want to put up a partial, go for it
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This space is really just for fun. If you want to put up a partial, go for it
Good to hear, I have a tendency to drag my stories on forever. Don't want to post some 400,000 word story just cuz I couldn't stop. XD
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Nope Though shorter pieces (under 2000 words) tend to get read more often than longer pieces.

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You expect more than 3~5 paragraphs?

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I'm a bit perplexed by how to join groups or post a story I've written.
I'm not sure whether you mean posting a story here in the Promps and Challenges part of the forum, or in general. So I'll explain both

In order to post a regular story, you can go to the Write Here part of the boards on the index page, and choose the forum where you want to post (Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction . . . The Members Only forum is protected, meaning you need to have an account on Writer's Beat in order to access it. This means first rights are safe should you want to publish your story later on.) Once you've clicked on the place you want to post in, you will see a 'New Thread' button at the top somewhere. Click that, and voilà! You can create your own thread and post your story in it.

For a prompt or a challenge, the same thing goes. Except in order to let people know which prompt or challenge (or cliché) you've chosen to take on, put the number of the challenge or prompt or cliché in the title (as you'll see on the other threads created there).

You expect more than 3~5 paragraphs?
I'm not sure what you mean exactly. We don't require a minimum amount of paragraphs, and don't have a limit on a maximum amount. We only have the guideline saying that shorter pieces tend to get more attention, because they take less time to read

In order to get a satisfying number of responses, I'd recommend you take a look around the boards at other members' work before posting your own. Critique and comment on their writing. That way, they'll get to know you while you help them out to improve their writing. Let them know what you like or dislike about a piece, and most importantly, explain why. By doing so, you will also gain insight in your own writing, learning to look at it from a new perspective.

I hope this helps!
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How does posting to forum sites affect the copyright status of pieces? Does WB own the piece if I post it? If I still own it, do I lose any of the rights (FNASR or others)?
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WB does not own anything you post on here, but the first rights are gone because via any search engine, you can find the pieces posted on the forum (except those posted in the Member's Only forum). Does that answer your question?
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Sorry for the late reply, but you can find all the past Prompts & Challenges right here

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I have been writing custom content for websites. I think i will find this forum useful to brainstorm and publish new ideas. At last I can take credit for my ideas. I am so grateful.
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In the Northwest Territories, Canada, the number of souls is finite. As Mortals die, souls return to the Soul Bank, are deprogrammed and prepared for insertion into a newborn. As the number of newborns outpace the number of available souls, Soulless Beings are born.

A Soul Police Task Force is created to locate and disable all Soulless Beings. The goal of the Soulless population is to take over the NWT by wreaking havoc on the Mortals.

The Task Force is headed by Jason, the SP Captain who works with a Soulless Being, Mike. They want to form a coalition to integrate Soulless Beings into the community.

While Jason and Mike are working together to save NWT, factions on both sides are determined to undermine their efforts. The personal lives of Jason and Mike affect their decisions; the fate of NWT remains in their hands.
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