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tips for writing;
❝Writing isn't an exact science. Sometimes your writing brain requires poking and prodding in order for it to start working correctly. Use these tips, or don't, to get your writing progress started.❞

  • Sometimes what you want to write isn't what would be considered great, or even good, in the eye of critics. That's okay! This is a challenge for enjoyment: no one will critique your work unless you want them to.

  • Reading other pieces of fiction, fanfiction, or drabbles and taking notes from authors you enjoy isn't plagiarism unless you take things or ideas word for word or with direct copying without credit. If a writer you enjoy has a certain style or technique that you admire, try it out for yourself as a writing exercise. You may enjoy what you come up with!

  • Think of your writing brain like a clogged pipe in your kitchen sink. If you want all the creativity and good ideas to flow, the bad ideas and negativity that are clogging up the works need to go. Free-form writing and typing whatever nonsense you want is a good form of mental Drain-O that can help make way for new ideas.

  • Coming up with prompts for your writing is hard and sometimes a more detailed written prompt can back you into a corner. Instead of coming up with a grand idea for an AU or a very set-in-stone relationship parameter, vague ideas can give you the most freedom when it comes to your writing. Use a site like Ninja Words to randomize a word for you to base your writing on or to include in your story somehow. Visit a random Wikipedia page and try to write a little drabble based on the topic, no matter how vague or specific it is. Ask a friend to give you a random theme like "separated" or "new money" and write a fic based on that idea. Remember: the less details in the prompt, the more creative room you have to work with.

  • Come up with three new facts/ideas/headcanons about a character you want to write for. Find a way to incorporate all three of these details into one story as a writing exercise.

  • What works for one writer doesn't necessarily work for all writers. If one writing tip doesn't work for you, try another one! Eventually you'll find a new method or idea that sticks.

  • Some people feel like routine helps force themselves to write, helping along the creative process. Others think that routine stifles creativity and doesn't allow room for random bursts of creative thought. If you belong to either school of thought, switch it up and try the other out for one of your challenge weeks. See if you work better under a deadline or floating on your own creativity boat.

  • Find a fic or book that you like and insert your favourite OCs or characters into the scenario. Thinking about what characters will do in unfamiliar situations is a good development exercise that can give characters added depth.

  • Sometimes being corny and cliche is what you and others enjoy most. Not every piece of writing you come up with has to be a new Shakespearean treasure. Sometimes the more drivel, the better!

  • Getting words out on paper or on your computer screen is success enough sometimes. Don't be hypercritical of what you did write: praise yourself that you wrote at all!

  • One way to improve and expand upon your writing skills is to give yourself a concrete word count. Much like the premise of Six Word Stories, give yourself a writing word count goal that's less than or exactly 200 words. Get your story to that number on the dot and nothing more, nothing less. This is an exercise in rewording, brevity, and thought creation. Even if you aren't writing a complete story with a beginning, middle, and an end, there's still a flow of thought that ebbs from beginning to something final.

  • Do a prompt exchange with a friend. Give each other a theme or word to base a work on and meet in an hour to see what you came up with. Writing with friends and asking for input can be a good way to see your work through friendly but honest eyes.

  • Pick your favourite work and ask someone to list two things they like about it and two things they don't like about it. Understand both what people like and dislike about your writing can help you keep in material that's good and edit material that needs work.
    13 July 2015 @ 01:31 am
    ❝An exhibition game, an informal sports contest or practice match which does not go on the regular season record. A personal writing challenge involving the creation of new fiction, fan-fiction, and other prose.❞

    Unlike other personal writing challenges that focus solely on meeting a specific word count, Scrimmage instead wants you to work on the completion of small works in order to unleash creativity, focus on the complete writing process, and also to just have a little fun.

    Scrimmage will run three weekly challenges on a cycle.

  • Monday challenges will feature works that fall into a category of 100-499 words.
  • Wednesday challenges will feature works that fall into a category of 500-999 words.
  • Friday challenges will feature works that fall into a category of 1000-1500 words.

    On every Sunday of the week, a post will go up with three comments. Each comment will coincide with either Mon, Wed, or Fri and contain a reward graphic for the specific challenge day. In order to complete the challenge, simply comment to the challenge thread with your work. It is advised that you post the work in a journal, comment, or work posting site such as AO3 or FF.net or Tumblr and link it in the comment, but posting your work in the comment isn't explicitly against the rules.

    For every challenge that you complete by posting to the thread for the week, you are entitled to take the reward graphic for that week. Collect as many as possible for a visible measure of your success.

    Scrimmage has no commitment necessary! This means you can comment at any time, join in at any time, and disappear from the challenge completely if you want to. Participants can join in on any combination of challenges, such as participating in all three, the 100 and 1000 word challenge, the 100 and 500 challenge, or the 500 and 1000 challenge.

    This is a challenge that focuses solely on complete, standalone works within the word constraints. Things that don't qualify include:

  • Additional word counts to already published or started works.
  • Completed chapters to already published or started works.
  • A combination of one part of the word count in one story and then in another (for instance, you can't win the 500 challenge with a 200 word and then a 300 word piece of prose).

    This challenge is narrow because it serves a purpose that asks writers to explore their ability to create complete works that have a beginning, middle, and end. This should be an exercise in their creativity, their ability to keep themselves within certain word limits yet still tell an interesting story or drabble, and also to feel the thrill of having a complete and posted work even if it is a simple drabble or one-shot. Posting the work to the challenge gives writers the feeling of sharing their work as well as giving themselves a small platform to widen their audience with. If you are looking for a writing challenge that explores other aspects of writing, they exist! This just isn't one of them.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here.