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The challenge for this month is: What is Time?

You can give me anything touching on the subject of time:
- Something set in the past or future
- Something involving time travel
- Or perhaps perception of time
- Or maybe lack of time
- Or ...

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I was at a support group where someone had, upon hearing a few things I have gone through, said "Wow, that must have really defined you." I didn't particularly agree, but it did make me think about what things did define me.

The challenge for this month is Defining Moments.
What things have defined your character? Was it a particular event? A decision? Did it change them? Does your character think so?

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Call me Ishmael.
In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.
Es war einmal...
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Every story has a beginning, what's yours?

Some stories begin when the hero or heroine is born. Others drop right into the middle of their life. Sometimes we see flashbacks of the past, sometimes not. It's up to the writer to decide where it begins. At what point are we introduced to them? How would your character be introduced to different worlds and situations? In what ways would he or she behave differently if they were suddenly dropped into the army? An alien planet? A daycare filled with children? What would their first statement be? Their first thoughts? How would others view this newcomer? How would you, as the writer, begin his or her story?
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It's October and growing up I have often associated this month with fear... Zombies and bedsheet ghosts and all sorts of varieties of the undead. When I was younger, I had a lot of fears. Then when I grew up, those fears changed. There may not be a monster under my bed, but there are daily monsters to be faced every day. This month's challenge is Fears. Scary stories told with a flashlight, monsters in the dark, giant spiders... or maybe it's not a monster. Maybe it's facing fears or even being controlled by them. Is your character brave enough to slay a dragon but has a secret fear of bugs? What kind of phobias might they have in the right situations? How can they develop by facing their fear? Would they do it alone?
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Lately I have been reconnecting with my past. Seeing things I've not looked at since I was little feels strange in some way, like a time machine plucked from the past. But in many other ways, it brings back good memories and good times.

This month's challenge is Childhood.
It can be an item from the past, a childhood memory, or perhaps about a character's inner child. Maybe they never went to a carnival, had a favorite toy. Did they ever really grow up? Were they an adult too soon? What brings them back to their past? Do they enjoy things that others would call "childish"? What would it be like to return to where they grew up?
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The first person to have ever told me that "blood is thicker than water" was my father. I was about six and didn't find out until I was much older what that phrase meant and it was realized with a lot of irony, considering how he had left us. It wouldn't be for another several years before the little family I had broke apart further... However, it wasn't that long ago that I learned that family isn't limited to who you share DNA or a last name with.

This month's challenge is Family Photo.
But it is not limited to a character's parent's or siblings or family relations... Who are they close to? Who would they fight for? What does family mean to them? Write a story or make a family tree. Draw a picture of a character with those closest to them. Or explain why they are alone.

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With this week having Independence Day, there is a lot of talk about celebrating. I tend to remember it with macaroni and cheese and a patriotic movie, but typically (in my area, anyway) it is celebrated with barbecues, picnics, eating way too many hot dogs and ending the day with fireworks.

This month, the challenge is Celebration.

It doesn't have to be a holiday. It doesn't even have to be something the whole world can see... Sometimes celebrating is silent acknowledgment. Create something for your character to celebrate. It can be a holiday, fictional or real, or even an accomplishment. Why is it important to your character? Or if it's not, why not?

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Go to any movie and you'll see them... Extras. They move about in the background, fill a stadium and basically give the hero people to save. Some get killed ten minutes into the movie, others are really just blurred shadows but they are still needed to give dimension to the story.

The challenge for this month is In the Background. Pick a character from a story and write about how it came to be in that setting. Did it have an important role that no one ever sees? What was their life like? Or create a character and tell how it would live if it were in a setting of a story you like.

Some prompts (you don't have to use them, it's just there if you want them):

* Randomly choose a book and pick an "extra". Maybe it's a cashier that the hero buys his coffee from, the person beside them on the bus. What had their day been like up to then?

* Your character has just woken up to a world of nothing. No busy streets, no random people, no animals or things that the main character or hero can interact with. Is it easier for you to write stories without background characters or is it easier to write stories with them?

* Draw a group photo of as many "extras" in a story as you can fit on a page. Or write a list and then write or draw how you imagined them to look like, what their personalities could be.

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I wanna know what you see on a day you're feeling good.
I wanna know what you see on a day you're feeling bad.
I wanna know the first person who taught you that your reflection could ever be shown on a lousy piece of glass.

This month's challenge is Reflections.
It can be mirrors, ponds, the reflective surface of a toaster, even inner reflections. Feel free to be as literal or as symbolic as you wish... Fiction, artwork, anything!

Some prompts!
(You don't have to use them, they're just there if you want them)

* Choose a character and write about how they see themselves and how others see them. How different are the two perspectives?
* Draw a picture of what a character sees in the mirror in contrast to who they become(an example of this could be a young Anakin Skywalker seeing Darth Vador in the mirror).
* Fun house mirrors!
* How does a character view the world? Is it dark and dangerous? Exciting? Full of happiness? How do you think that character would see the world later on in life? Or when they were younger?

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Animals in History

When I was a kid I used to love history stories told from the perspective of an animal. One in particular was The Titanic Bear, the story of the Titanic as told through a sailor-dressed teddy bear.

The challenge this month is set at any point in history, told either from the perspective of an animal or about an animal. Be as creative as you like or as realistic as you want to be. It can be real animals or toy animals. It can be a story, artwork, pictures or anything that you think will be fun to share that goes with the theme.

If you get stuck or don't know what to write, here are some story starters! (you don't have to use them, they're just some ideas)
* Open a history book to a random page and let that be your setting
* Choose a battle and write from the perspective from the war horse or what may have happened to it after the war.
* Animals in a particular country for the first time
* Draw your favorite animal or pet in historic dress
* If a child from another time had your favorite plushie, what kind of life would it have had?

Special thanks to beachbunnykirby for inspiring this one! :)

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Challenge until 31 March 2012

Topic: "One Hell of a Week"

Remember, no explicit scenes, please. We're back on LJ.
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Challenge until 20 February 2012

Topic: "29"

Remember, no explicit scenes, please. We're back on LJ.
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Challenge until 31 January 2012

Topic: "Midnight!"

Remember, no explicit scenes, please. We're back on LJ.
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Sorry, folks, been busy and LJ wasn't working right when I wasn't.

Challenge until 31 December 2011

Topic: "Jingle Bells!"

Remember, no explicit scenes, please. We're back on LJ.
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Until 30 November 2011

Topic: "Surprise, Surprise!"

Remember, no explicit scenes, please. We're back on LJ.


Oct. 22nd, 2011 08:29 pm
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Deviating from the usual procedure, this challenge will run until 31 October 2011.

Topic: "Sounds like a plan!"

Sorry for the recent challenge-less-ness, moving stress and all...


Dec. 17th, 2010 11:27 am
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I promised a surprise. Here it is. Or not, for some. It's a challenge, as the title says. We've also decided to make this regular.

The challenge will be monthly in future, if we manage to come up with enough topics.

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Edited to put in missing half sentence. Thankee Fox.


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