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!