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J.R. Marsden
Joined Mar 20, 2015
J.R. Marsden
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From United States Female Born 28th Jan 1930 High School
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The Five Senses
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3
1050
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Can we perfectly envision what you write? Can we see, feel, hear, taste, and smell everything going on? Can we get so perfectly in-tune with your writing it's like we're in the world itself?

In this challenge, your goal is to write a short story of any length incorporating all five of the senses. The catch is that the story cannotuse the names of the senses. You cannot put "I smelled/tasted/heard/etc.". You have to use descriptive detail to get across what the character is sensing. Below I have a small sampling:

"The birdsong in the air wafted to her ears, and the cool breeze of the day brushed her skin. On the horizon, the sun set, a dark afternoon blue turning vibrant with oranges and yellows and pinks and reds, painting the sky like an aurora beheld in the North. Roses, some red and some white, dotted the beautiful plains and around her feet, and their enchanting scent was enough to send someone into the most pleasant dream, one where chocolate was on her tongue and laughter was in her eyes."

Rules

-- Cannot use the words: taste, smell, touch, hear, see, or any past/future forms of those words. Synonyms are allowed.

-- Has to be a short story, meaning it has a beginning, middle, end. A plot. Any length accepted.

-- You are allowed to use my example, but you must expand upon it and create it into an actual story.

-- Keep it kid-friendly.

-- No poems allowed.

Judging

-- Creativity

-- Grammar

-- Use of descriptive word.

Like count and comments will also be taken into consideration, so please, contribute by liking some of your favorite submissions!

Hope you enjoy! Unfortunately I will not be doing prizes for this contest as I'm far enough behind on my other ones, but know I appreciate all your writings and submissions. :)

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The Five Senses

Can we perfectly envision what you write? Can we see, feel, hear, taste, and smell everything going on? Can we get so perfectly in-tune with your writing it's like we're in the world itself?

In this challenge, your goal is to write a short story of any length incorporating all five of the senses. The catch is that the story cannotuse the names of the senses. You cannot put "I smelled/tasted/heard/etc.". You have to use descriptive detail to get across what the character is sensing. Below I have a small sampling:

"The birdsong in the air wafted to her ears, and the cool breeze of the day brushed her skin. On the horizon, the sun set, a dark afternoon blue turning vibrant with oranges and yellows and pinks and reds, painting the sky like an aurora beheld in the North. Roses, some red and some white, dotted the beautiful plains and around her feet, and their enchanting scent was enough to send someone into the most pleasant dream, one where chocolate was on her tongue and laughter was in her eyes."

Rules

-- Cannot use the words: taste, smell, touch, hear, see, or any past/future forms of those words. Synonyms are allowed.

-- Has to be a short story, meaning it has a beginning, middle, end. A plot. Any length accepted.

-- You are allowed to use my example, but you must expand upon it and create it into an actual story.

-- Keep it kid-friendly.

-- No poems allowed.

Judging

-- Creativity

-- Grammar

-- Use of descriptive word.

Like count and comments will also be taken into consideration, so please, contribute by liking some of your favorite submissions!

Hope you enjoy! Unfortunately I will not be doing prizes for this contest as I'm far enough behind on my other ones, but know I appreciate all your writings and submissions. :)

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Music of Inspiration
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PG
7
3500
9
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Everyone has a favorite song, a song that inspiresconfidence, inspireshope, inspiresjoy and sorrow and pain and laughing. Everyone has a favorite song that inspires something.

In this contest, I want you to express to me what the song makes you feel, what memories arise when you hear it, what it makes you think of, or anything else for that matter as long as it relates to yoursong. Don't just tell me though. Show it. Get creative. We are writers after all, aren't we?

Requirements:

No length requirement.

Must be an actual song, and it has to be mentioned somewhere, either in an ending/beginning note, in the story itself, or the title.

All writing is accepted exceptessay writing. Leave that at school, amigos.

One entry per person.

Judging On:

Grammar

Fluency/eloquence

Creativity

How it ties in with your song.

Awards:

1st Place: A poem, a short story, and a prize of choice (must be non-payment and internet-only, such as a picture I can post on DeviantArt) inspired by your song.

2nd Place: A poem and a short story inspired by your song.

3rd Place: A poem ora short story inspired by...you get the point.

A considerably less serious and hopefully fun contest in comparison to my last one. Hope you enjoy! Get inspired and creative and all that jazz! :)

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Music of Inspiration

Everyone has a favorite song, a song that inspiresconfidence, inspireshope, inspiresjoy and sorrow and pain and laughing. Everyone has a favorite song that inspires something.

In this contest, I want you to express to me what the song makes you feel, what memories arise when you hear it, what it makes you think of, or anything else for that matter as long as it relates to yoursong. Don't just tell me though. Show it. Get creative. We are writers after all, aren't we?

Requirements:

No length requirement.

Must be an actual song, and it has to be mentioned somewhere, either in an ending/beginning note, in the story itself, or the title.

All writing is accepted exceptessay writing. Leave that at school, amigos.

One entry per person.

Judging On:

Grammar

Fluency/eloquence

Creativity

How it ties in with your song.

Awards:

1st Place: A poem, a short story, and a prize of choice (must be non-payment and internet-only, such as a picture I can post on DeviantArt) inspired by your song.

2nd Place: A poem and a short story inspired by your song.

3rd Place: A poem ora short story inspired by...you get the point.

A considerably less serious and hopefully fun contest in comparison to my last one. Hope you enjoy! Get inspired and creative and all that jazz! :)

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Heart Doth Speak Incorrectly
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PG
19
4806
77
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[Controversial Subjects Explored. Please be respectful.]

We live in an age where offending is wrong. It is, certainly, but in my opinion so is such censorship.

We believe what we believe. That's a fact of life, and public opinion or what is generally considered "correct" should not dictate  such a thing. We shouldn't have to feel terrified of expressing opinions. They are, after all, what makes us human, and in my opinion, anyone who openly goes against the norm with such views (while still being respectful) is brave, far braver than those who conform.

This challenge is focused on one thing: expression of opinions, especially on controversial subjects. This is where writers can say something that people may not agree with for one reason or another. I want to encourage bravery and encourage voices to be heard.

Judging on:

- General grammar.

- Eloquence and powerful word use.

- Expression of opinion.

**Like-count will also go under consideration.

Requirements:

Simply express in the way you know best, be it essay, poem, short story, quote, etc. All word lengths accepted.

If I catch you being disrespectful and blatantly rude to another contestant, you will be disqualified.

You can do more than one entry, but only one of those entries will win, if one is to be picked. Bot could be excellent, but it would be unfair to have all of your entries as the winners and not anyone else.

Winners Will Receive...

1st Place: A poem and a short story based on your expressed topic, and an additional prize of choice. (Extra poem or story, collaboration, an art piece (would be posted to DeviantArt if that were the case), or any non-payment, non-mail prize that we can keep via internet).

2nd Place: A short story and a poem  on your expressed topic.

3rd Place: A short story or a poem based on your expressed topic.

Possible Subjects Include:

- Religion.

- Abortion.

- Homosexuality.

- Politics.

- Teen pregnancy.

+anything else you feel you need to express.

Happy expressing!

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Heart Doth Speak Incorrectly

[Controversial Subjects Explored. Please be respectful.]

We live in an age where offending is wrong. It is, certainly, but in my opinion so is such censorship.

We believe what we believe. That's a fact of life, and public opinion or what is generally considered "correct" should not dictate  such a thing. We shouldn't have to feel terrified of expressing opinions. They are, after all, what makes us human, and in my opinion, anyone who openly goes against the norm with such views (while still being respectful) is brave, far braver than those who conform.

This challenge is focused on one thing: expression of opinions, especially on controversial subjects. This is where writers can say something that people may not agree with for one reason or another. I want to encourage bravery and encourage voices to be heard.

Judging on:

- General grammar.

- Eloquence and powerful word use.

- Expression of opinion.

**Like-count will also go under consideration.

Requirements:

Simply express in the way you know best, be it essay, poem, short story, quote, etc. All word lengths accepted.

If I catch you being disrespectful and blatantly rude to another contestant, you will be disqualified.

You can do more than one entry, but only one of those entries will win, if one is to be picked. Bot could be excellent, but it would be unfair to have all of your entries as the winners and not anyone else.

Winners Will Receive...

1st Place: A poem and a short story based on your expressed topic, and an additional prize of choice. (Extra poem or story, collaboration, an art piece (would be posted to DeviantArt if that were the case), or any non-payment, non-mail prize that we can keep via internet).

2nd Place: A short story and a poem  on your expressed topic.

3rd Place: A short story or a poem based on your expressed topic.

Possible Subjects Include:

- Religion.

- Abortion.

- Homosexuality.

- Politics.

- Teen pregnancy.

+anything else you feel you need to express.

Happy expressing!

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Soul Search
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Write a poem that shows who you are as a person. You may have as many words as you like and it can be any rating of your choosing. Just make sure if it's M-Rated that you specify in your description. You are allowed to submit as much as you want and judging will be creators pick. Have fun and get creative!

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Soul Search

Write a poem that shows who you are as a person. You may have as many words as you like and it can be any rating of your choosing. Just make sure if it's M-Rated that you specify in your description. You are allowed to submit as much as you want and judging will be creators pick. Have fun and get creative!

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Just Beyond the Fear
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PG-13
0
1401
0
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Sometimes fear prevents us from doing something. However, we often find something lurking just beyond the fear, sometimes good and sometimes bad.

Keeping this in mind, write a story focusing on something located just beyond the fear.

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Just Beyond the Fear

Sometimes fear prevents us from doing something. However, we often find something lurking just beyond the fear, sometimes good and sometimes bad.

Keeping this in mind, write a story focusing on something located just beyond the fear.

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Create Your Own Writer's Quote 4
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Sequel of Create Your Own Writer's Quote 1,2,3.

Write an original quote that represents yourself as a writer now. The fun part of doing this is the feelings you get when you revisit it as you become a more experienced writer.

Try to create a short and inspirational quote! Have fun writing!

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Create Your Own Writer's Quote 4

Sequel of Create Your Own Writer's Quote 1,2,3.

Write an original quote that represents yourself as a writer now. The fun part of doing this is the feelings you get when you revisit it as you become a more experienced writer.

Try to create a short and inspirational quote! Have fun writing!

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Confessions of a (insert anything of your choosing)
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R
30
3206
27
Creator's
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Write a confession for anything. A kelpto, an addict, anything you pick!

Word count: as much as you want, has to be more than one sentence though.

Judging is creators pick.

Rating can be as high as R so go for whatever you want to write

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Confessions of a (insert anything of your choosing)

Write a confession for anything. A kelpto, an addict, anything you pick!

Word count: as much as you want, has to be more than one sentence though.

Judging is creators pick.

Rating can be as high as R so go for whatever you want to write

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Questions
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12
2072
10
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Hey Guys,

So this is an idea I've had for a contest/series of contests.

every once in a while I'll make a new question to make a new contest. Anyway, today's question is:

"Why are we here?"

I'm looking for people who are creative and think outside the box.

Thanks.

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Questions

Hey Guys,

So this is an idea I've had for a contest/series of contests.

every once in a while I'll make a new question to make a new contest. Anyway, today's question is:

"Why are we here?"

I'm looking for people who are creative and think outside the box.

Thanks.

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Describe: Spiraling Madness
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PG-13
9
1917
12
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2 words (Spiraling Madness) Take them any way you want and run with it, Just mention the words once. any length and any POV. Go nuts and have fun!

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Describe: Spiraling Madness

2 words (Spiraling Madness) Take them any way you want and run with it, Just mention the words once. any length and any POV. Go nuts and have fun!

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Super Short Stories X3
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PG-13
28
4417
28
Creator's
Pick

I did this twice before and had amazing stories its a new school year so show us what you have got!

1 sentence no more and it must be moving, doesn't need context it can be all dialog.

Flash
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Super Short Stories X3

I did this twice before and had amazing stories its a new school year so show us what you have got!

1 sentence no more and it must be moving, doesn't need context it can be all dialog.

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