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Waking Dreams 2014

Waking Dreams Challenge 2014

mind_spark is roused by Autumn. The Vernal Equinox and its consequences can inspire or dismay writers, depending on their disposition. Take whatever Autumn is stirring in your mind and imagination, and take this challenge.

For this challenge, I want you to take the theme, waking dreams, to heart. I want surreal, dream-state imagery. The impossible should coalesce in front of me. Horror should make my skin prickle and heart race. I want the pieces to bother the reader to the core. The second half to this challenge addresses the content of many dreams: conflict. Within your piece, I want to see struggles between two sides that could never coexist; it’s up to you to make them, or, alternatively, to render one the victor at the demise of the other.

Challenge Guidelines

1. Writers are asked to choose one prompt pair from the table behind the cut. Once a prompt is claimed, the writer will be noted on the table. Each prompt can only be claimed by one author. To claim a prompt, simply respond to this post.

2. A 500 word (exactly) story will be written incorporating the writer's prompts AND the concept of a waking dream with conflict.

3. Stories MUST have a beginning, middle, and ending, and they may be from any genre.

3. Please post with the words "Waking Dreams 2014" in the subject line.

4. Once a story is posted, a writer may claim another prompt.

5. Stories are due by midnight, October 31, 2014.
Have fun!

Table 1

Choose a prompt pair from the table before and leave a comment stating which one you choose.

1. hallucinatory – cognizant patricia_writes

2. fantastic – ordinary laudomia

3. ambiance – starkness

4. longing – revulsion authoress_susan

5. sated – malnourished

6. avoid – challenge myownmuggle

7. hypnotic – perceptive

8. impression – certainty lewlinx

9. trance – alert myownmuggle

10. verity - theory

Thank you to authoress_susan for help with these prompts!


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 7th, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
I would love to try #4 longing and revulsion, please.
Oct. 7th, 2014 12:55 am (UTC)
Great choice! I can't wait to see what you do with it!

Edited at 2014-10-07 12:57 am (UTC)
Oct. 7th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
Thanks for doing this! I really need it!
Oct. 7th, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
I do too!
Oct. 7th, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
I'll take #1, hallucinatory - cognizant.
Oct. 7th, 2014 01:09 am (UTC)
Number 9 - trance/alert, please.
Oct. 7th, 2014 01:12 am (UTC)
Oh, I think that's a good one for you!
Oct. 7th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
Can I please have #8 Impression-certainty. Thanks!
Oct. 7th, 2014 01:44 am (UTC)
Most definitely!
Oct. 7th, 2014 02:28 am (UTC)
I'd like fantastic/ordinary, please.
Oct. 7th, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
I think that works for you :)
Oct. 30th, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
Let's try this again. Can I have avoid/challenge, please?
Oct. 30th, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)
All yours!
Oct. 31st, 2014 07:22 pm (UTC)
May I please have an extension?

A week, perhaps, would be quite helpful.

Oct. 31st, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! No problem at all :)
Oct. 31st, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! After tomorrow, things will calm down. Whew!
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