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Writing Prompt Challenge

October 26, 2021– Today, we have a super fun challenge for you! We’ve done new writing prompt challenges for almost an entire month, and we sure hope you’ve enjoyed them. Some have been more difficult than others; nonetheless, I hope you come away with something after this month’s theme is complete. Today’s photo may be seen as simple, but I think this will be a challenge for lots of folks.

Here are the instructions for today:

Write a 1500 word short story in the third person narrative in the fantasy genre.

Third-person narrative: The Merriam Webster dictionary defines thirdperson narrative as ” a writing style that uses a set of words or forms (such as pronouns or verb forms) that refer to people or things that the speaker or writer is not addressing directly. He, she, it, they tell the story from that perspective or point of view.

Fantasy genre: Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often inspired by real-world myth and folklore.

As always, if you’d like to submit your work to us for consideration, send it to pandapublishing8@gmail.com
Happy writing! X LLB

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Dystopia

October 25, 2021-There are only a few more days to take advantage of our writing prompt challenges this month! I hope that if you’ve been participating, you’re enjoying the process, learning a lot about who you are as an author, and stretching yourself outside of your limits.

Let’s talk about today’s challenge! Here are the instructions, and then we’ll get into the definition and types of dystopias.

Write a 2,000-word short story using the photo above. Tell it from the fourth-person narrative and use all five senses.

Ouch, this is a tough one! Let’s get into some definitions:

Fourth-person narrative: The term is also sometimes used for the category of indefinite or generic referents, which work like one in English phrases. For example, “One should be prepared.” It’s essentially a non-specific third person. One, someone, somebody, anyone, anybody, oneself, one’s.

Here’s my take on fourth person narrative for this prompt: One could only imagine what happened here; there is destruction everywhere, complete devastation, and absolute suffering. Someone or something is responsible for this atrocity against humanity.

Dystopia: An imaginary place where the state of being is appalling and/or oppressive. The word dystopia comes from Greek root words that mean “bad place.” The opposite of utopia.

Types of Dystopia:

  1. Bureaucratic control-Relentless government rules and regulations.
  2. Corporate control-Large corporation(s) control people through the media or products.
  3. Religious control-An ideology enforced by the government controls society’s beliefs.
  4. Technological control– Science, robots, or computers control society and the people that live there.

A FABULOUS example of a dystopian society that is under technological control is our very own Paul Moscarella’s Machinia available here: Machinia : Moscarella, Paul A., Goubar, Alex: Amazon.ca: Books

Happy writing, and as always, feel free to submit your work for consideration to pandapublishing8@gmail.com 

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Writing Challenge of the Day!

October 22, 2021– Have you picked out your Halloween costume yet? We have! We can’t wait to facetime with the kids and see their costumes too. Halloween is my most favourite day of the year, and I think it’s because it’s the chance to play with outrageous makeup, dress up, and take on an entirely new persona.

There’s a quote that says, “Give a man a mask, and he becomes his true self.” I think the Joker said that, but the original (similar) quote was by Oscar Wilde. What does hiding behind a mask do for our true selves? I’m not talking about pandemic masks; I’m talking about the masks that we show the world on a daily basis. Do people ever know who we really are? Or are we only showing them who we want them to think we are? Why do we do this? Perhaps it’s a protective response-we don’t want to give too much of ourselves away, or maybe it’s because we don’t know who we are to begin with? Everyone has their own answer.

A couple of years ago, I was fortunate enough to be in New York City for work, and I decided to see a play. I chose Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre and excitedly took my seat before the show started. I had a few minutes to absorb the magnificent surroundings and take it all in. It was absolutely stunning! Then internal dialogue took over as I stared at the mask on the playbill; hidden identity, obsession, torture, longing, and injustice were all words that came to mind. For today’s challenge, I’m asking you to do the same.

Look at the photo prompt above and write down all of the words that come to mind, be careful not to edit your stream of thought; get the words on the page. After that, write a short story or poem using all of the words. It can be as long or as short as you’d like.

Happy writing, and as usual, if you’d like to submit your work for consideration, please send us an email at pandapublishing8@gmail.com.

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Celebrate!

October 21, 2021-I love all of the photo prompts we’ve selected this month, but this particular prompts speak to me for some reason! I love the colour and style. You can almost hear the chatter going on around the table; whether it’s family or friends, it’s a gathering of individual personalities connected by common threads- food, wine, and conversation.

For today’s assignment, here are the instructions:

Write a 2500 word short story about a dinner party among friends. Write it in the third person narrative and choose an exotic location.  Let your imagination run wild, whether it’s a winery in the south of  France, a garden terrace in Italy, or a stunning backdrop in the Alps! If you’ve never been to the location you’re writing about, do some research to see what it would be like to visit.

Happy writing! As always, if you’d like to join any of our classes, workshops, or courses, they’re available here: Virtual Courses, Classes, and Workshops – Pandamonium Publishing House