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Contests & Activities: October 28, 2020 Issue [#10444]

 This week: Plan Ahead
  Edited by: Legerdemain
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Table of Contents

1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

The purpose of this newsletter is to highlight some of the current contests and activities on the site, help educate members on how to host contests and activities, and provide clues to submit quality entries to contests. Write to me if you'd like something in particular covered.

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Letter from the editor

Plan Ahead

We're winding up the month of horror and scariness. I hope all of you have enjoyed hosting or entering all the fun contests and activities for this genre. These always bring out fun characters in stories and crazy funny contests.

November is right around the corner! Lots of our members will be attempting the NaNoWriMo challenge and I hope those of you not pounding the keys take a little time to run around our community and encourage our writers to keep plugging away. For those of you entering the challenge, good luck!

November is also the time to start thinking about the winter/holiday season on the horizon. If you're going to host something, start setting it up now and recruit some help. The season gets busy and I've seen a lot of hosts get a little stressed out when time runs short. Those of you planning to enter some contests, think about story ideas now! It's never too soon to create some memorable characters or storylines. If you're taking a little twist on the holiday, do your research now so you're ready when the prompt is posted.

Don't forget life tends to throw a monkey wrench in the time we plan to use writing. Being prepared will help with reducing stress. And don't overextend yourself! You can always add projects if you find yourself with extra time. Or volunteer to help someone. And of course, take time to review contests and activities that you look over.

Most of all, take the time to give to others. These days, a kind word goes a long way.

This month's question: Do you have plans in place for the holiday contest/activities? Send in your answer below! *Down* Editors love feedback!

Editor's Picks

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#2235535 by Not Available.

Excerpt: Please write a naughty short story in the erotica or romance/love genres that answers to the prompt.
Use up to 969 words. Include the word count in your item or forum post.

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#2232123 by Not Available.

Excerpt: Do you have what it takes to write a short story based on
these photos? If so, give me a good scary story.

CHRISTIAN Quotes Rock Forum  (13+)
Writing Christain Quotes
#2229126 by Innerlight has Inner Peace

Excerpt: There will be a quote in the forum and you can write a poem based on the quote on or before Friday at 12mid and you must post it on or before every week, in order to have it in the forum

The Humorous Poetry Contest  (18+)
~ On Hiatus ~ The contest where the rating doesn't matter!
#1875093 by Lornda

Excerpt: Come on in and enter your funny poem! Write about a humorous situation and exaggerate. Try a rhyming poem, a Limerick, Lyrics, or even pen something absurd.

Positive Hearts Reviews Group  (13+)
For giving information and to hold funds.
#2229774 by Beacon's Light ⚓️

Excerpt: Positive Hearts is a group committed to bringing an encouragement to others. *HeartB* Reviewing All Case Colors on a weekly basis is our mission. That's right! All Case Colors! We expect the reviews to be honest, yet encouraging as well.

Take up Your Cross  (E)
This will be a daily blog forum.
#2225667 by Merry Chris Breva

Excerpt: This will be a daily blog forum. I am a student in seminary. One of the subjects that has become near and dear to my heart is spiritual formation and kingdom living.

Question of the Day!  (18+)
Come answer a question, share a laugh, encourage one another, and bring me a coffee!
#2142667 by Lilli ☕️ 🧿

Excerpt: A place to answer a daily question and spark conversations. The coffee is always hot and there's usually a fresh batch of delicious cookies

Daily Flash Fiction Challenge  (13+)
Enter your story of 300 words or less.
#896794 by Arakun the Twisted Raccoon

Excerpt: Your entry must follow the prompt of the day. New stories only, please.

 United in our Grief Forum.  (ASR)
A place for those who lost a loved one.
#1970158 by Scifiwizard Retired

Excerpt: I can share my story with others who feel the pain of losing a loved one and they can share their stories with me and many others. It is my hope that, United in our Grief, we can find strength in each other.

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Excerpt: ONE lucky participant from any one of the sub raffles gets to win this shiny merit badge!

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Ask & Answer

This month's question: Do you have plans in place for the holiday contest/activities? Send in your answer below! *Down* Editors love feedback!

Last month's question: Do you follow a routine for writing entries?

dogpack:saving 4 premium: DWG : I do not follow a routine for entering contests. When I find something I am interested in or is a challenge and have time to invest, I enter. Usually keeping track isn't problematic because I don't enter a lot of contests each month. I look for ways to make my first draft better. Before entering my submission, I check it and when I'm satisfied it is my best work, I check the rules and then submit my entry.

Soldier_🎶_Mike : If you call waiting until almost the last possible second a routine, then - yes. In reference to your Newsletter, I've got a folder with a number of Almost-Dones in it, victims of that digital clock near the bottom of the left side Navigation bar. Sometimes, the story / poem almost writes itself; mostly, though, it's a fair bit of work to get a reasonably cohesive tale onto the screen.

Scifiwizard Retired : For me, writing is an escape from the real world. I dive into a story to get away from the madness. When I feel the need to get away from the world, I write.

FlyingDuckManGenesis : Not really.

Beholden : Yes, I write every day. More some days than others but always something.

And yes, I have a routine. It includes lots of what I call "legitimate breaks" (a favourite TV program on the Roku, coffee, soda, food, meditation upon the throne, stuff like that) taken when I feel like it. For a while I was convinced I could only write in the morning. Now I find myself writing later and later into the afternoon and evening. One day I'll meet myself going the other way, I'm sure.

keyisfake : First the story is building in my mind. So to sharpen it I read, watch movies then I can start writing down different scenes.

Lynn Nichole : I don't routinely write contest entries, but I do role-play, and that has me writing several paragraphs at least every two days on average. I think about writing every day, but don't always make it to turn the thought into an action.

Xiea : Haven't written in a while and I'm hating it. But at the same time, can't seem to break out of it. *Facepalm*

Joy : Xiea If writing isn't coming to you on its own, it is a very good idea to go after it such as getting in a group, maybe one of the blogging groups. As a general idea, groups encourage writers. Even if you answer the prompts with three-sentence entries, that will form a habit. People usually write regularly once writing becomes a habit.

TheBusmanPoet : No, I'm all jumbled about. I can enter them on a weekly basis or don't for months.

Thanks to everyone for your fantastic replies, they are much appreciated! Leger~

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