New Writing Contest! If this looks familiar, that’s because it is. The One Sentence story competitions are back! We’ve simplified the rules and changed a few things around to improve the format and accommodate a larger audience, and we’re excited to see what you can come up with. The genre theme for this contest is: Horror


One Sentence One Story

When you’re an authorial superstar, maybe you can throw sentences out with natural flair and have every word mean something new and astounding. Writers who are still learning, however, have to be very aware. Casting aside the bloat of a story and laying bare the essential organs can be painful, but the end result is worth it. Nietzsche, author of Beyond Good and Evil and the Anti-Christ, wrote in Twilight of the Idols: “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.” This Halloween season, we want you to try to do the same.

Tell us a story in a single sentence. The entry can be in any style, prose or poetic, but the piece should fall within the Horror genre or use themes and symbols closely associated with it. 

Scary stories should be emailed to or submitted here with the headline “[Your Title] by [Author] (Horror Contest)” by Midnight EST on October 30th. In order for us to send out fanmail about the contest and results, you must be following the blog to win. Under the cut are specific rules and prizes. Three random followers who reblog to promote the contest, regardless of whether they entered or not, have the chance to win a prize. So, help us get the word out!

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This is a really good article about how quickly people actually die from cuts and punctures inflicted by swords and knives. However, it’s really really long and I figured that since I was summarizing for my own benefit I’d share it for anyone else who is writing fiction…


agentlemanofverona asked:

I'm currently writing a novel in which the main character is a black teenage girl. Her race is completely irrelevant to the plot of the book, nor is she remotely defined by her ethnicity. My only worry us that by completely ignoring the issue, I'd be downplaying the real life struggles that POC, particularly women, face every day. On the other hand, the whole point of having her be a POC is I want to help normalize non-white central protagonists, and I don't want her to be defined by her color.

writingwithcolor answered:

On “Normalizing” the PoC Protagonist

It doesn’t have to be about her race. Not every story that includes PoC needs to be about their struggles as a _______. That’s where the concept of escapism comes in. As PoC we know we deal with some ish in real life. It doesn’t have to follow us in the books we grab to have an adventure or relax.

As long as you’re not writing “colorblind” in which you or your characters just ignore race (because one should be able to fully note someone’s race/skin/culture without pretending not to see it as if it’s a sin) nor claim it’s just “over” in the book.

Don’t wanna get into racism in your story? Simply don’t have your character(s) run into racist people, and you should be fine. Same goes with sexism, etc. 

On another note, even if your story wasn’t about her struggle as a Woman of Color and merely included moments where yeah, her being a Black woman did affect her life, it still wouldn’t make her “defined” by her ethnicity. Lest being discriminated against left or right, a POC facing situations unique to them shouldn’t detract from the narrative nor in anyway take away the “normal” from the story.

We’re People of Color.

We deal with a brand of judgement, profiling and discrimination that Non-PoC do not. That’s normal for us. And yet we go on about our lives, eating and laughing and sleeping. No matter what we might face, we’re not defined by our color. We’re enhanced by it.

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~Mod Colette



First, let me clarify one thing—this isn’t about designing systems of magic for your fantasy world. Whether your magical system has to pay attention to the fact that matter is neither created nor destroyed, or how to go about constructing spells…that’s not what we’re here for today. I’m talking about magic from a writers point of view, how it will affect your plot, your characters, your reader’s suspension of disbelief. And all the ways that beginning fantasy writers seem to blow it.


The Weekly Round-Up


August 10th, 2014 — August 16th, 2014

The Weekly Round-Up is a collection of questions from our inbox which can be answered in one hundred words or fewer. These posts are intended to keep your dashboard clutter-free while we address a few of the anonymous questions we receive each week. If you don’t want to see these at all (understandable) then blacklist the tag “writeworld weekly roundup”. 

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Yes. Do it.


(in the distance, the sounds of writers crying out that flashbacks are right up there with prologues/epilogues—worthless wastes of time)

But right now I’m going to argue YES, write that flashback. Write that prologue and epilogue. Just…



A kind follower reminded me of that '7 Cardinal Rules of Life' post going around, and they asked me if I would ever do my take on them (that being, a writerly take). Well, seeing as how I’ve been running a Writer Positivity series for over 100 posts, I thought it would be a fun chance to collect some of my favorite advice!

PS: The above are not meant to be taken as ‘literal’ rules for writing, but rather advice for leading the lifestyle of a writer~ ♥︎

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