create writing that has wings
If words are bland and boring writing can be a miserable, lifeless thing.
If they are interesting and vivid, writing flies off the page and into our hearts.
slip a slinky simile into your stanzas,
mould a magical metaphor,
fashion a fantastic figure of speech in your fiction?
Can you make your writing fly?
I'm looking for responses to a given prompt that make my heart sing and my toes tingle. To aid creativity, I will give you some key words related to the theme of the prompt which you must not use in your writing. So if the prompt is Dog, the key words could be paws, bark, growl, etc. How can you describe a dog without using these words?
TIPS: avoid using verbs like is and was, or the sense words like saw, felt, heard etc. Give your audience clues rather than being explicit. Rather than Rover was a stinky dog, try People need a gas-mask near Rover.
1. Entries must be either poems (max 40 lines) or short stories (max 750 words).
Please include line/ word count in item.
2. Entries must follow the given prompt
3. Entries must not use any of the taboo words, or derivatives of them, even in the title.
Think of your writing like a present to be unwrapped; you don't want to tell the reader what is inside.
4. Entries must be newly written for this contest.
You may enter a story and a poem if you like, but not two of either/each.
5. Entries must be posted in the comments thread below in item or entry format.
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1. creativity of content
2. creativity of style
3. use of figurative language and literary devices
(not limited to those mentioned above!)
4. following rules
5. presentation (spelling/grammar/fluency)
11.59 p.m WDC time, last day of every month
1st place - Taboo Words Merit Badge
and your item displayed in the Winner's Gallery
2nd place - 5000 GPs
3rd place - 1000 GPs
Prizes may increase depending on popularity of contest/any GP donations received.
First prize will be awarded if there are 3+ entries. All prizes will be awarded if there are 5+ entries.
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