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Writing Games / Write a happy story in three words
« on: August 10, 2017, 04:45:31 AM »
This game is simple enough :) in only 3 words try and write a happy story!

Out of all the worlds you have created, would you like to live in any of them?

Why or why not? :P are the lands too barren or full of dragons to survive? Would you fit in in your world?

I'm also curious if there are any fantasy worlds you would like to live in which may not be one you have made.

Please remember this section is open to guest posting, so feel free to share with your friends too!

The Fantasy Genre / The Matriarch Trope Discussion
« on: July 27, 2017, 09:12:55 AM »

The female leader of the family, whether it's blood family or not. Usually a strong woman, one who looks out for the family, or for the members. One of my favourite examples is Olenna Tyrell from Game of Thrones/A song of Ice and Fire.

This trope has a sub-trope too, the evil matriarch, and a good example of this can be wicked stepmothers. They don't have to be, obviously, and can be mothers who offer their children to bad or evil doings. For example (so I've read) Bellatrix from the Harry Potter Series says she would have offered her children to Voldemort if she had any. Another example can be Mom from Futurama.

Are there any matriarchs you like/hate? Do you have any in your series? And what do you think of the trope itself?

So for our next question of the day let's talk writing spaces, the place where the magic happens :P

What is your writing space like? Is it ideal or a place you have to make do with, or perhaps you have many places where you write. Tell us about them :)

Remember this is guest reply friendly, so please share with your writer friends :)

Writing Prompts / Fill in the blanks! #1
« on: July 14, 2017, 03:03:53 PM »
Write a response either just fill in a word, or write something more. Whatever you like :)

"We're trying to accomplish something huge! ___________!"
"I hate to break it to you, but _________."

Title of the story you want read: It's currently unnamed so title to come
Genre: Sci-Fantasy, it has both science and magic
Summary: A short story about a man used by a conscious to flee a dying world, only to find themselves as a pawn in a woman's war.
Critiquing notes: I would like any and everything, no sugar coating. I would also like to know what the reader thinks works, and likes specifically.

Ok so I have a short story which has to be submitted by Aug 31st. I have finished the first draft, and I need to do my edit of it first before it can be released into beta. The theme I am trying to write to is the grey area between things, ie good/evil

Any help would be grateful, thanks :)

Movies, TV Shows & Musicals / Game of Thrones Season 7
« on: July 14, 2017, 02:52:50 PM »
Anybody else excited and ready for the next season? What do you think will happen?

I've just finished watching all 6 seasons ready for this! I can't wait til Monday :D (us brits have to wait a bit longer boo)

Hall of Fame / True Neutral
« on: July 13, 2017, 05:57:26 AM »
This thread will be used to chronicle True Neutral's current and future Writing Challenge victories.

Find them on the Forums

Winning Entry: Seasons of War
Prompt: Seasons or Something (or someone) that's supposed to be dead but isn't
Challenge Link: June Challenge

The Fantasy Genre / The Mentor Trope Discussion
« on: July 12, 2017, 03:45:33 PM »

The Mentor

One of the most common tropes not just in literature, but also in film. Usually an old guy who is wise and knows how to get the protagonist from the ground to kicking ass. Or in some cases just reaffirming how they can help themselves on their journey. It is also common for mentors to die.

What other mentor characters do you like, either for them or how the author has given life to them? Is there anything you like/hate about the trope? And does your writing feature a mentor character?

For me, Gandalf is awesome. Especially played by Ian McKellan. His soft spot for hobbits is endearing and choices very calculated (well... aside from when he got lost in the mine of Moria!). I feel like he is a relaxed kind of mentor, he does aid Frodo, but mostly by encouraging words to help him, rather than telling him to do whatever.

In my own writing I don't tend to write mentor characters. From the trope itself, I'd like to see a mentor who gets things wrong, who actually ends up making things worse, to show that even the wise can screw up.

Archive / July Monthly Writing Challenge
« on: July 01, 2017, 04:53:57 PM »
July Writing Challenge

Prompt: Betrayal. Nice and simple, though there are many ways to do it!

Wordcount: 5,000 word maximum. Please remember, this is just a maximum, meaning that you do NOT have to write 5,000 words, it just means that you can't surpass it.
Submission deadline: Monday the 31st July, by 11:59 PM GMT-5 (11:59 PM EDT).

If you already have something written that fits this prompt, you CAN and are encouraged to submit it to the challenge.

Voting will be posted on Tuesday, 1st August, followed by the August challenge prompt.

All entries should be submitted to the writing challenge submission forum, using the submission form. You are allowed to submit your challenge via Google doc link or by uploading a Word doc to a response to this post as an attachment.

Remember, all entries must fit the fantasy genre and must fit the given prompt in some way.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask either here in the thread or send me a PM! Good luck!

Please respond to this post with the following information filled out in order to submit your entry:

Code: [Select]
[b]Word count:[/b]
[b]Link to story:[/b]

Archive / Worldsmyths birthday fun thread!
« on: June 02, 2017, 05:56:41 PM »
So I thought it might be fun to have some activities! I've tried to do different areas and hopefully less google-able things. Of course the main theme is fantasy, and I tried not to do too much... so here it is!

Each activity has points, they'll be pointed out with the heading, and obviously the idea is to get as many points as you can. The person who gets the most points wins. In case of a tie there will be a tie breaker question or something, because there can be only oneeee.

So, let's begin.


Nice and simple ;)
(so she says)

71 points can be made from this, plus two bonus points. Bonus points?! :o
There are two words hidden in there which I found making the answer sheet and I thought they were hilarious to add in :P I won't tell you what the word is (cause that'd be too easy) but instead I shall give you a clue.

Word 1: A beast/creature of fable who resides in the snowy mountains
Word 2: I have a sword and I am going to _____ you!

Please find the wordsearch in the attachments :P


Inspired by Bilbo and Gollum, and of course straight out of fantasy, here are some riddles for you to solve. Each riddle is worth 3 points, so you can get 24 points from this section.


You eat something you neither plant nor plow.
It is the son of water, but if water touches it, it dies.


A serpent swam in a silver urn
A golden bird did in its mouth abide
The serpent drank the water, this in turn
Killed the serpent. Then the gold bird died.


Turn us on our backs
And open up our stomachs
You will be the wisest of men
Though at start a lummox


Bury deep,
Pile on stones,
My mind will always
Dig up them bones


It occurs once in every minute
Twice in every moment
And yet never in one hundred thousand years.


It can be said:
To be gold is to be good;
To be stone is to be nothing;
To be glass is to be fragile;
To be cold is to be cruel.
Unmetaphored, what am I?


There is not wind enough to twirl
That one red leaf, nearest of its clan,
Which dances as often as dance it can.


What has roots as nobody sees,
Is taller than trees,
Up, up it goes,
And yet never grows?


Each question is worth 1 point, and you can get 41 points in total from this section.


1. What 1986 film features a red kind hearted beast named Ludo?
2. Which film shares a word the title above is directed by Guillermo Del Toro?
3. What does the Empress need that will save all of Fantasia?
4. What type of creature is Falkor?
5. What does the Wicked Witch write in the sky above Emerald City?
6. Who does Dorothy's house kill?
7. What are the names of the Pevensie children?
8. Who is Shelob?
9. What's the house number and name of the street that Harry Potter grew up in?
10. What is Harry's patronous?
11. Who greets Aragorn at the black gates of Mordor?
12. Who is the Lady Amalthea?
13. Who does Lucy befriend when she first enters Narnia?
14. What is the name of the owner of the Prancing Pony?
15. What is the name of Fred and George Weasley's joke shop?


1. What tv show starred three sisters with names beginning with P?
2. And their names?
3. Asshai and Lys are places known from which show?
4. Which tv character was originally from Thrace in ancient Bulgaria?
5. In the UK what is the term to describe all types of programs that feature elements of the fantastic?
6. Why do Mal and Zoe always cut their apples in Firefly?
7. A greek legend brought to tv, who were they played by?
8. Emma, Regina, Henry are main characters from what show?
9. What is the weapon used by the famous warrior princess?
10. Jimmy Novak is better known as?
11. Who sends Jayne his hat in Firefly?
12. What is the second language that people in the Firefly universe use?
13. What is the name of the language that Angels use in Supernatural?


1. Which actor born in 1922 has been in at least two multi-film series?
2. This actor in his later years went on to do what sort of music?
3. Which famous English man has been portrayed in many films, mostly played by american actors?

Fantasy and literature

1. Which fantasy creature is found all around the world in slightly different forms?
2. Name the author who wrote fairy tales told in seriousness?
3. What is another name for Welsh dwarves?
4. What makes them special?
5. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote which famous fantasy novel?
6. What is the name of the creatures whose name means “Choosers of the Slain”?
7. Which subgenre of fantasy incorporates Chinese martial arts?
8. Which famous anime/manga features the characters Serenity and Endymion?
9. Which creatures are known for hating iron?
10. Which mythological creature is a large being made out of smoke?

If my maths is right, the maximum you can get is 138 points. I tried to make this a mixed bag of difficulty, and this is my first time making this sort of thing so I hope it is good and I hope you have fun! Please post your answers in a comment when you have finished, one answer post per person please marked in bold ANSWERS. Feel free to post normal comments too! Also you don't have to answer everything just do your best :)  I'll update this post when answers come in to see who is winning.

Answers must be in by the 16th of June, you have til the last second of the day EST :P

Good luck!


justaddnoise1985 - 128 points
Kherezae - 17 points

Hall of Fame / HSCook
« on: May 09, 2017, 10:04:48 AM »
This thread will be used to chronicle HSCook's current and future Writing Challenge victories.

Find them on the Forums

Winning Entry: A Final Request
Prompt: Rain/Storm or Joke/Prank
Challenge Link: April Challenge

Archive / April Monthly Writing Challenge
« on: April 01, 2017, 10:07:20 AM »

April Writing Challenge

Prompts: Your prompts are to write about a jokes /pranks or rain/storms. Go crazy! There are two prompts, but that also doesn't mean you can't combine them. 
Wordcount: 5,000 word maximum. Please remember, this is just a maximum, meaning that you do NOT have to write 5,000 words, it just means that you can't surpass it.
Submission deadline: Sunday, 30th April, by 11:59 PM EST.

If you already have something written that fits this prompt, you CAN and are encouraged to submit it to the challenge.

Voting will be posted on Monday, 1st May, followed by the May challenge prompt.

All entries should be submitted to the Worldsmyths library and submitted under the Writing Challenges category, like so:
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask either here in the thread or send me a PM! Good luck!

Please respond to this post with the following information filled out in order to submit your entry:

Code: [Select]
[b]Word count:[/b]
[b]Link to story:[/b]

Writing Discussion & Questions / Things you -don't- write about
« on: March 24, 2017, 02:21:19 PM »
There are some topics people outright avoid, whether it be for personal reasons, or maybe they don't feel they can portray certain scenes well enough and not stereotypically. It may even be that you've realised you haven't written male POVs or female POVs and it's only just occurred to you :P
Are there any things you don't write about?

For me, I don't think there is anything off the top of my head that I can think of. However I have noticed I have female predominant POVs. Not for any reason though, I just pick the POV on which characters are yelling loud enough :P

Publishing & Marketing / When to make your author facebook page?
« on: March 24, 2017, 12:48:37 PM »
I still have no idea to this question. People say that you should start earlier as to get the interest started, but what would I even put on it? Of my WIP I have one chapter self-edited. Nothing published, no images I could add (aside from memes!)... and because I want to go down the traditional route, how much can I even share of an un-contracted manuscript :/ 

Any thoughts?

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