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The Ambition Project

Inspired Writing Prompts to Spark Your Imagination

The Ambition Project - Inspired Writing Prompts
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This community is based on The Write Prompts. A lot of what you'll read here is based on the community info contained on that profile. That said, there are also a few significant differences between this community and that. For starters, this community is rated for mature/explicit content. Therefore, all members (active or inactive), must be 18 or older to join. As a mod, I'm not trying to censor you and I know that there are individuals out there who express themselves in ways that have the capacity to make others uncomfortable. Please see the "Rules & Guidelines" for additional guidelines for situations just such as these.

Community Basics

Every Wednesday, at midnight, a new prompt will be posted. This prompt may consist of a sentence, a paragraph, a single word or list of words, a single phrase or list of phrases, or any combination of the above. The weekly prompt is designed to be the basis for a work of original writing, fiction or non-fiction. For example, if the week's prompt is

"She was sure that this time was really going to be the last"; sand, silver, snow; pay the ferryman

then writers should incorporate the prompt into their work somehow, whether by using it as the theme for the piece or including the prompt, verbatim, in their piece.

Writers will have 7 days, including the date that the prompt is posted, to write and post their original works. Feel free to post anything (short story, essay, fiction, non-fiction, poem, song, etc...).

This week's prompt is:
"Family gatherings make everyone uncomfortable on some level," she said.
Deadline is December 23, 2008.

Rules & Guidelines:

1. Every post must have a subject. The subject must include the prompt number and the title, according to the author.
2. Every post should be tagged with the prompt number and the author's username, for example: prompt 1, user:thetruefalse. Existing tags can be found here. If you don't have a tag yet, you can request one by commenting on the welcome post.
3. There is no length requirement or limit, but if readers will have to scroll to see your whole piece, please be courteous of other writers' f-lists and use a cut.
4. COMMENT! It's not necessary to comment on every post, but once in a while it's nice to provide feedback to your fellow writers. If you absolutely hate something, it's okay to say so...but make sure that you include something constructive along with your comments.
5. If your piece contains explicit content, please place it behind a cut and make sure that you let everyone know the exact nature of the explicit content (i.e. sex, drug use, violence, etc...).

Monthly Writing Contest

If you're not crazy about the idea of writing something new every week, that's fine. Beginning on January 1, 2009, a new feature will be coming to the community: a Monthly Writing Contest. Unlike the weekly prompts, however, there are specific contest rules that must be followed:

  • Prompts for the monthly writing contest will consist of a single sentence. New prompts will be posted on the first of each month. The deadline for entries will be the last of each month.
  • The prompt sentence will be used as the first line of the participant's entry. Entries not using the prompt as the first line will be automatically disqualified.
  • Entries should be no shorter than 500 words, and no longer than 2,500 words. Entries that fall outside of these length guidelines will be automatically disqualified.
  • One runner up and one winner will be selected from entries meeting the qualification criteria for length and prompt usage. Winners will be announced on the 15th of the month following the contest deadline.
  • Since no monetary prizes can be awarded, winners will have bragging rights for one month and the option to help judge the following month's entries, if they so choose.
  • The mod, as the primary judge for the contest, will not be eligible to participate in the contest.

New Member Protocol

After reading all of that, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. Don't be! In order to break the ice, introduce yourself by commenting on the welcome post using the following, or by coming up with something of your own (because not everyone fits on a form):

Writing Experience/Style:
What do you write?
Are you hoping to gain anything from joining this community?
Anything else we should know about you?