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Contests & Activities: October 19, 2022 Issue [#11621]

 This week: Finding your Inspiration
  Edited by: spidey
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

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Welcome to the Contests & Activities Newsletter. I'm spidey , and I'm your Editor this week!

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Letter from the editor

What inspires you?

And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.' " - Kurt Vonnegut Jr., A Man Without a Country

There have been at least two moment I can clearly think of that I uttered that quote Mr. Vonnegut suggests. I can close my eyes, take a breath, and I'm there in that moment again. For me, those moments tend to happen when I'm out in nature. I can feel the sun, I can smell the leaves or the water, and I can hear the birds singing.

I often use that as inspiration when I write. I try to place myself inside a moment, a feeling, a setting, or a character. And then I write what comes to feel in that moment. That's how I've written my poetry since I was a teenager.

At this point, I would typically give a list of other ideas of how to find your inspiration, but I don't have any other ideas. That's always been the way I've done it, and I don't know any other way. Do you? Let me know below!

I think my strategy can have its drawbacks. It would be hard for me to write about an emotion or situation that I haven't experienced. It might be hard for me to place myself inside that moment. I'm afraid the moment wouldn't come across authentically if I couldn't feel it myself. How do you write about something you haven't experienced? Seriously, if you have, let me know your approach!

I'd love to hear from you below on how you come up with your inspiration!

Take care, and as always, keep on writing! *Quill*

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Editor's Picks

Official Writing.Com Contests & Activities:

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Short Shots: Official WDC Contest  [ASR]
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The Humorous Poetry Contest  [18+]
The contest where the rating doesn't matter!~ Last round open~(Oct/22)
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A Newbie Poetry Contest  [E]
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by DangerousFog

Creature Features  [13+]
Round 8 open!
by Angelific Frankenstein

The Science Fiction Short Story Contest  [18+]
A contest inspired by the serious need for more good sci-fi
by BlackAdder

Promptly Poetry Challenge  [E]
52 weeks + 52 prompts = 52 poems
by Lilli Munster ☕️ 🧿

The Owlry Signature Shop  [E]
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by DangerousFog

This is a poetry sharing activity for expression and entertainment!
by Solace.Bring

Weekly Goals  [13+]
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by The StoryMistress

The Grim Reaper Contest   [13+]
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by Frighten Ðead the Witch Warp

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by Beacon-Pumpkin Halloween

Some How/To Items that might help you:

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'Help Links' for Newbies and all other members who are still learning
by Maryann

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by A Guest Visitor

Some contest resources:
How to Create a Contest  [ASR]
Things you need to know before you open a contest. Includes a contest template.
by Angels in my Ear

"Create/Edit a Message Forum
Newbie Hyperlinking 101 - Bitem Format  [E]
Learn the ins and outs of creating a link using the bitem format.
by NickiD89

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Ask & Answer

Feedback from my last newsletter "Contests & Activities Newsletter (September 21, 2022), which discussed word count/length limits in contests and activities.

I admit I tend to decide on what lengths to have for my contests based on what's not widely available on the site. This means that for my fiction contest I go for longer pieces (including a minimum word count). My journal/blog contest, though? It's only eight entries, but I've heard that the prompts can definitely give participants' imaginations a workout. *Smile* In both cases, I was creating opportunities for works that did not fit the typical lower word counts and for those that are not able to commit to a full month of journal/blog prompts.

~ Elisa: Stik-or-Treat

That's a great idea! *Smile*

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