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Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 21 hours ago

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Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 3 days ago

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Oh my goodness, it's /u/TA_Account_12 being spotlit this week? YESSSS!

I saw you said to ask anything, which is good because I have a few, or nine, questions for you.

1.What's your favorite saying?

2.What writing trope would you choose to be if you were in a story?

3.You visit a zoo. What's the first animal you go see and why?

4.What inspires you to write?

5.Is your gif game any good? Show me what you've got.

(Am I at 9 yet? Why did I choose so many questions to ask?)

8.You're stranded on an island with Merry Poppins magical bag. How do you survive?

9.What's a piece of writing advice that stuck with you?

Congrats on the spotlight TA. Cheers to many more amazing stories and poems. :)

Thanks so much Lovely! So many questions... Alright I'll do my best.

3) An Emu if they have it. For obvious reasons. See my answer to Dexel. If not, probably a sloth or a horse. Cause I identify with the sloth and I am a Horse +6 now on discord (Thanks Elven).

9) Don’t take anyone’s writing advice too seriously. – Lev Grossman (Totally didn't google that.)

But mostly just to keep writing. And Reading. Plenty of times, you feel that you suck. But don't let that stop you. And learn to take criticism. All of it. Well meaning or just plain mean. Doesn't matter.

1) "A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits." - Nixon

4) Karma of course. Also, I enjoy getting lost in a character's world. And I'm inspired by an idea that with enough practice, someday I'd be as good as you. I hope

8) With magic of course.

2) The drunk detective who has lost everything and gets taken off the case. And then works outside the law to solve everything and welcomed back. I'm a sucker for a good noir.

5) Shrug

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:D yaay. Good answers.

Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 8 days ago

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Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 11 days ago

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Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially0 points · 14 days ago

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Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 14 days ago

Hi u/leopard81, this submission has been removed.

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Authors note: (hehe I called myself an author)

Lol, Lurker. That made me chuckle. Yes, you're an author, yay! :)

It's good to see the next part of this story out. I'm looking forward to finding out how things shape up for Annie and Benjamin and what is written in his letter!

Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 16 days ago

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Score hidden · 18 days ago · edited 18 days ago

Peter and Martha stomped through the woods, looking for their dead son. The house of Peter's mother occupied the hill behind them. Mimi's woods, the boy had named this place. Somewhere ahead, he too stomped along.

Martha scanned the trees. "I'd forgotten how big this place was. How much time left?"

Peter held out a pocket watch. Aside from the usual knobs, it bore a dial that allowed for time travel. Expensive time travel—the kind that burned a single Venusian crystal for every trip, costing as much as a used car. In the twenty years since the cancer took their son, Peter and Martha had revisited birthday parties, Christmases, Halloweens—all the memories they could remember, even those filled with the fluorescent lighting and stale air of the Chicago Children's Hospital. They'd sold everything they could. This was their last trip.

"Ten minutes," Peter said.

Somewhere, a dog barked. Peter grinned. He'd found an entry in his mother's diary about her grandson taking the dog for a romp in Mimi's woods. His mother, ever the detail-oriented nurse, had logged the day and time. They wouldn't be reliving an old memory today. They'd be making a new one.

They hurried towards the bark.
 

They stood by a creek.

"Time?" Martha's eyes were wet, her hands clenched.

"Five minutes. We could try running?"

She shook her head.
 

"Two minutes."

She hadn't asked. Tears clung to her cheeks.

Then, a snapping of twigs. The dog appeared, its yellow lab fur wet and grimy. Then:

The boy. He wore a t-shirt and red galoshes.

Martha gasped.

Peter swallowed hard, unable to blink, to move.

The pocket watch did not allow them to touch or speak to those in the past. They could only hold hands and watch.
 

It was enough.


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Awwwww.

Score hidden · 18 days ago

Being alone in a forest at night was bad enough, but a wrong turn had led to Jacques being lost at the same time. He cursed under his breath at the absent moon when he stubbed a foot against a rock. Cypress and sequoia towered all around him, teasing easy support, but he kept his hands away. Their presence felt overbearing, and he did not want to provoke their inhabitants.

Then a root snagged his ankle; his cry of surprise was instantly smothered in the ensuing tumble down a slope. After what felt like ages, he landed on a mud bed. His body ached all over, a hundred stinging cuts decorating his arms. At least nothing felt broken, but Jacques took several minutes to calm his hyperventilating heart before rising.

Here, the mud offered even poorer purchase. Still shaky from his avalanche episode, he almost fell right over again when the soil ... undulated beneath his feet. With alarm, he scrambled back up the slope from the circular clearing that was probably the bed of a creek.

And as his night vision improved, Jacques finally realized that he'd been stepping on a long chain of human bodies, melted like wax and joined together, dragged by a monstrous snail with a gigantic pocket watch for a shell.

Jacques screamed and turned to run, but his limbs back-pedaled of their own accord, the reverse of every movement he'd made, until he was back on the snail train. Then his world went dark as flabby, slimy hands dragged him into their embrace.

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Lol. Well that took an unexpected turn Bilgebum! I can't say I was expecting that creature.

Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 19 days ago

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Yay! Congrats Xactar! :D

Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 20 days ago

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Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 21 days ago

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When the night falls and the darkness creeps into the sky; when the leaves turn brown and start to wither; when hope turns to despair, and blood flows in rivers; when nothing but the glow of the falling stars light up the heavens… that’s when the battle of the ages begin for real.

The dead litter the ground in unmoving pairs -- Noah’s Cemetery for the vanquished teams. Humans, dead. Pandas, dead. Trash pandas, also dead. Jellyfish, dead. Apples and pears, pretty much dead.

Only three contestants still stand tall. One more so than the other two. This is the giraffe.

“You can’t reach me, just give it up,” she says, stretching her neck a little extra for emphasis.

A bad pun, but possibly intentionally so. This could be a strategy to rile up her opponents. The emu, at least, frowns in annoyance.

“Australia stood no chance. Why do you think you’re any different?” the emu quacks, fire burning in his eyes.

He’s seen this all before, the scorched earth, the fear, the death… nothing of this is new to him. And when this is all over--

The emu steps on something spiky, and lets out a surprised shriek. The giraffe bellows in triumph and rushes forward. They tumble. Hooves and necks and legs rumble around in the sudden free-for-all. Death and violence are everywhere.

Battered and bloody, the giraffe comes out on top. The last emu crumbles to the ground, a burst of feathers filling the air. Panting, the giraffe drags itself to the last enemy -- the lychee berry. With a mighty stomp, she squashes it with her hooves.

The rough exterior breaks and spills the fleshy intestines and seeds into the ground. The giraffe cheers and licks its wounds. Not only is she the tallest animal, she’s also the winner of the esteemed Animal-Fruit Royale.

...or so she thought. Out of the soil sprouts a sapling. Green and pristine. Lush and… looking like a bush. But it is no bush, and the giraffe has dropped her guard. The sapling grows into a tree. The giraffe’s fur is graying and her posture isn’t as tall as it used to be.

She sometimes has flashbacks from the battle all those years ago.

The dead animals… the mashed fruits...

Sometimes she wakes up in the middle of the night after dreaming about terrifying spiky fruits. Then one day, she notices something on the ground. Round and red and… spiky. She looks at the tree, which was once a sapling, feeling the horror seep into her very core.

With a roar, the giraffe rushes at the tree, filling her mouth with its leaves. Shaking the branches. Stomping on the lychee berries that fall to the ground. But there’s too many of them. Panic grips her. All these years she thought she had won, but one of her opponents had just been biding its time.

Choking on leaves and bark, the giraffe collapses. An exhaustion-induced heart attack ripping through her body. Her eyes widen in terror and disappointment as darkness finally takes her.

Only the lychee berry remains -- still uneaten. It digs itself into the ground and starts growing into another tree. Before long an entire forest sprouts from the nutritious soil.

This is why you should never underestimate a lychee berry.

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This is one of my favorite stories of your story lilwa. Hilarious! :D

lol thanks, you are my favorite of your story. :cat_joy:

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Bahaha, I didn't even realize my phone had corrected to that. That makes this so much better. :)

Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 24 days ago

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The guitar lays to the side, discarded,

the diary lays to the side, unwritten.

The spring rain continues to fall outside,

and she cries alone, no longer smitten.

 

People are calling her, worried sick,

the guitar still to the side, completely quiet.

The summer sun beats down outside,

but not as hot as the tears burning bright.

 

She's finally talking and going out again,

the fall giving leaves interesting hues,

The diary is her personal confession,

the guitar is finally playing, if only the blues.

 

The party at her place is in full swing,

and even "the new guy" sings along her.

The snow falls heavily outside freely,

as she sits inside, decisively stronger.

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Aw, I liked this TA! Very good. :)

Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 27 days ago

Hi u/9spaceking, this submission has been removed.

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Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 1 month ago

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Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 1 month ago

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Moderator of r/WritingPrompts, speaking officially1 point · 1 month ago

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7 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

I remember it was last year when I was at my friend's birthday party. Back then I didn't write yet. My life was programming at work and gaming/watching series/anime at the free time.

My friend finally got everyone's attention and started playing out music he had created during his life (simple electronic music) and read out some of the poems he wrote.

I was jealous of him. He had created something that he could introduce as "I made this." Even though I could introduce my web pages I worked as "I did this", nobody would have understood it.

Thus I started thinking hard and testing out a few new hobbies. I think I happened to come across with WritingPrompts thanks to one friend who linked me one of the series he found. ( Star Child - haven't read it yet :( )

Via that, I happened to come to WP. There just happened to be 300-word FFC by /u/you-are-lovely. I decided that screw it; I'll give it a try.

After Lovely commented it, I kinda fell in love with the feeling of getting praised for something I had created. After writing few stories, I loved the feeling of writing all of that down.

After that, the story of frustration after frustration began. I sucked at writing, but I wanted to get better. So, I started desperately trying to get better. At one point I bought and even read through one grammar book. I think I'm a bit better now, but still far from where I wish to be.

It suddenly just became part of my life. I realized that I love writing and creating those stories that might influence someone. That feeling when someone tells me 'so good' or 'I'm crying, again.' It's amazing. It's dopamine I need in my life.

And thanks to being part of discord community and thanks to becoming friends with many other amazing writers - some old and some newer (such as /u/Inorai (she has helped and inspired me most), /u/Tiix, /u/NickOfNight, /u/Pyronar, the whole moderation team and many-many-many more. I wish I could name them all) - I want to write more. I don't want to stop writing. They also inspire me to try my best and push me to do more and more. When Inorai finished her first two books, I felt jealous and also wanted to get that dopamine - to release my first book.

I now love writing, and I love those people who I write with. And I love those people i write for - like all those who read my pencil of truth.

Writing can be hard sometimes, but only because I really want to write the best, but it won't stop me writing when I'm stuck. Now I know that I never want to quit writing.

And I hope that many-many more will find the fantastic thing called writing. That's why I'm still here, in hopes that maybe I help someone out and spark their eyes to the writing.

I feel like this is something I can show to anyone and say, "I did this"

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Original Poster3 points · 1 month ago

What a great origin story! u/you-are-lovely did well ;)

When Inorai finished her first two books, I felt jealous and also wanted to get that dopamine - to release my first book.

I hear that! I've been trying to write a book for years! I have many in progress and not nearly close to done. I should probably work on one of them again!

Writing can be hard sometimes, but only because I really want to write the best.

Yeah, but we can definitely make it harder on ourselves when we think that way. Sometimes you can't be afraid to write poorly. See here for more!

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Yaaay!

Woo! I halped! \o/

I'm glad to see the writing prompts community has made such a positive impact on your writing Elves! :)

I do! That was a fun one. It would have been cool to see more parts on it.

waits expectantly hi

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Squeeeeeeek! <3

Hello! Hope you're doing well squee. We miss you on the mod team (as I'm sure you're well aware). It's good to see you out in the wild like this. :)

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