?

Log in

18 February 2008 @ 09:14 am
Unexpected inheritance.

Stories must be posted by midnight, February 24th.

Remember to tag your entries with your user name and the prompt.
Tags:
 
 
11 February 2008 @ 09:28 am
The day the aliens left.

Stories must be posted by midnight, February 17th.

Remember to tag your entries with your user name and the prompt.
Tags:
 
 
04 February 2008 @ 08:43 am
Late delivery.

Stories must be posted by midnight, February 10th.

Remember to tag your entries with your user name and the prompt.
Tags:
 
 
28 January 2008 @ 08:29 am
Revisions/Freestyle week! Got a little flash fiction, a poem, need to revise a story from last year? This is the week to post it.

Stories must be posted by midnight, February 3rd.
Tags:
 
 
21 January 2008 @ 10:23 am
Family recipe.

Stories must be posted by midnight, January 27th.

Remember to tag your entries with your user name and the prompt.
Tags:
 
 
 
14 January 2008 @ 12:41 am
Waiting it out.

Stories must be posted by midnight, January 20th.

Remember to tag your entries with your user name and the prompt.
Tags:
 
 
06 January 2008 @ 11:15 pm
Wet footprints on the floor.

Stories must be posted by midnight, January 13th.

Remember to tag your entries with your user name and the prompt.
Tags:
 
 
17 December 2007 @ 03:22 pm
Here is how it works: Each Monday I will post the theme of the week in the form of a story prompt. You have until midnight on Sunday to post your story based on the theme. You are free to make the connection as tenuous as you like, but do try to work the theme into your story. Pick any genre you like. Stories should be 500 to 5000 words long.

A useful definition culled from Wikipedia: Short stories tend to be less complex than novels. Usually, a short story will focus on only one incident, has a single plot, a single setting, a limited number of characters, and covers a short period of time.

By joining deathless_pose you agree to read everyone else's stories and leave a comment on each. It can be as simple as "read and enjoyed," or it can be more detailed, but commenting is necessary to make this group a fun experience. Some writers will make a note that critiques are welcome. Some writers are satisfied with simply posting their stories and look only for encouragement.

All of us post first draft stories here. Do not be concerned that your story is unpolished or contains errors. There is no need to apologize for the roughness of your work. Write the best story you can within the alloted week. Avoid fragments; I'd rather you didn't post at all than post something that's not complete.

Keep in mind DP is private. Only members can read your stories here. The public sees only the weekly prompts and an occasional general announcement like this one.

Every fourth week will be open for posting revisions/other fiction. I will provide a story prompt every week, but you choose whether to use your fourth week for new fiction or revisions, or perhaps for exploring flash fiction, poetry, experiments in short fiction or a round robin collaboration.

Week 1: New fiction
Week 2: New fiction
Week 3: New fiction
Week 4: Revisions, new fiction, alternates to short format fiction

You are expected to contribute two short stories a month. It sounds like a lot, or possibly it sounds like a dawdle, but either way it's a big deal to turn out a new story every other week, especially if you've never tried it before. Thus, sometimes people get behind. Also, life will interfere with the flow of words, including illness, vacations and writer's block. I will contact you via email to see what's up if you go six to eight weeks without contribution or explanation. A hiatus notice is a good idea if you know you'll be away from your keyboard for some time. If you leave the group and want to come back you will always be welcome.

Sound intriguing? Join by going to the user info page and click "Join This Community." Want to see the prompts but not commit to the deadlines? Add DP as a friend.

First prompt is Monday, January 7th, first story due midnight Sunday, January 13th. Welcome!
 
 
05 December 2007 @ 06:48 pm
tysolna asks:

Do you think there would be interest in opening Deathless Pose again starting in January 2008? I miss it - I did try to write by myself, but I miss the deadlines, and I miss other writers having totally different takes on the same subject.

An excellent question. I'm about to start my second novel, but I would welcome the opportunity to write a new story a couple times a month. For one thing, I'm a better writer now than when the group started. I think it'd be great to see if I could write better short stories.

I'm thinking we could go with a slightly different structure than previously. For instance:

Week 1 New Story
Week 2 Revised Story
Week 3 New Story
Week 4 Experimental (poetry, round robin postings, etc.) and Revisions

So who else would like to participate if Deathless Pose is open for business again?
 
 
09 May 2007 @ 11:18 am
The experiment is ended. We had a wonderful year of challenging ourselves to write to a deadline, learning to shape and craft the short form, being inspired by others' creativity, and creating a portfolio. I've enjoyed every member's contributions. You made this group exciting and interesting. Thank you for being part of it.