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How much do you plan your larger works? Are you an outliner, a seat-of-your-pantser, or somewhere in between?

I haven't done a larger work in this fandom, just a lot of smaller stories that are kind of linked. I've wanted to do a larger work, but time's been a problem. That said, I usually start out with some small thing- a line that hits me, a canon point I want to jump off of and/or change, and I go from there.
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Happy Spring to those in the hemisphere for such springly goodness! We've just till the end of March left on the Winter Bingo - but there's still time to finish up a line or a card, and be eligible for some great prizes. You can do it!


Munday-
How much do you plan your larger works? Are you an outliner, a seat-of-your-pantser, or somewhere in between?

Twosday
Batman and Robin, Mario and Luigi, Mickey and Minnie, Bonnie and Clyde, Your character and his BFF- write about a dynamic duo!

Graphic Wednesday
Show us your shorts! What are you wearing now that the weather is finally turning warmer?

Thursday Drabble
100 words about never again

Friday List
Five things you are just dying to try

Saturday Quote
Respond in some manner to this quote:
A wonderful thing about true laughter is that it just destroys any kind of system of dividing people.
-John Cleese

Sunday RP
Take a ride on the Redding - a railway journey, an airship journey, or whatever your world's newest, fastest, most modern form of transportation may be. What are your thoughts about trying this newfangled conveyance? Who do you meet there? Tag with RP, and comment to each other to find a traveling companion.
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When was the last time one of your characters surprised you? What did they do?

It wasn't so much the character as the situation: in my (still incomplete, still untyped, still unposted...) Nano B5 fic, I wrote an event that worked out PERFECTLY with aired/written canon and ended up explaining a character's flaws and avoiding a time-travel paradox, and I didn't even do it intentionally! It was one of those totally intuitive 'eureka!' moments.
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Less than a month till the end of bingo! Congrats to folks who have finished (going for a second line or card? :) ) and there's plenty of time left to those who are still working on it. If you haven't snagged a card yet, check out the rules and grab yours here.

Shameless plug for those of you who may be wondering what the heck is going on with those people anyhow - http://roll4itdice.com/ - we're forming a dice company (a subsidiary of our main Lab Arc LLC). You can find our dice in person at some stores already (like Game Paradise in Indiana :) ), or in our Etsy store. We're working on getting online ordering up and running on the domain. Our first in person appearance will be for Free Comic Day May 2nd at the NJ event run by Farpoint Toys / Level Up Entertainment.

Now on to the prompts!

Munday
When was the last time one of your characters surprised you? What did they do?

Twosday
What two things have you done lately that you are most ashamed of?

Graphic Wednesday
If you had to start a meme in a time or place that didn't have the Internet, how would you do it? Show us a pic!

Thursday Drabble
Visit http://uselessfacts.net/ and select a useless fact to turn into a useful drabble.

Friday List It
Five reasons you're looking forward to spring
And one reason you're going to miss winter

Saturday Quote
Respond in some manner to this quote:
It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.
-Ernie Harwell

RP Sunday
What is this thing and what does it do? Today you find an unfamiliar object, and aren't quite sure what to do with it. Post a description of your object and your struggles! Tag with rp if you'd like to find someone to play along.
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For right now we're going to be putting the prompts up in a once weekly or so - apologies for how busy we've been!

Munday Monday - Challenge!
Take one of your old pieces and do a line edit on it, removing any excessive adverbs, adjectives, and replacing any passive voice with more active language.

Twosday -
Tea for two - but would you rather have coffee? How do you take your tea (or coffee, or other hot beverage?)

Graphic Wednesday -
Show us a picture of something you loved in your formative years.

Thursday Drabble -
Let's get physical - write a drabble about physical fitness or exercise.

Friday List it-
List places that you've been that you never want to go back to.

Saturday Quote -
Respond in some manner to this quote:
People are capable at any time in their lives of doing what they dream of. - Paulo Coelho

Sunday RP-
Setting switch! Take two of your characters and switch their worlds. Put them in each other's places. How do they deal?
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Sorry for the prompt-lag - things are absolutely crazy in Cushing-land right now with our business taking off. Time to breathe needed!

Friday List -
You are sitting in your favorite place--- what surrounds you? Make a list using all five senses.

Saturday Quote-
Respond in some manner to this quote:
“What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
― Henry David Thoreau, Familiar Letters

Sunday RP
Let's dance! Put on some music, grab a partner, and boogie (or waltz, slow dance, breakdance...) . Tag with RP , 'cause it takes two to tango.

Munday Monday
What things are standing in the way of your writing time right now? Make and share a plan for creating more time to write!
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It's setting week here at Charloft! Expect lot of prompts to do with setting this week, starting with this survey - answer as many or as few questions as you like.

1. How important a role does setting play in your stories?

2. How specific is your setting? Do you prefer to leave more to the imagination, or describe everything in detail?

3. Which of the five senses is it easiest for you to evoke with place settings? Which is the hardest?

4. How does your character interact with his/her setting?

5. What would change about your character if you changed the setting?

6. How would you classify your setting (Alternate history, Dystopia, Fictional Country, Real Country, Fantasy World, post-apocalyptic world, etc.)? What are some other works of fiction that you admire that use this type of setting?

7. What is the role of time in your setting? Weather? Environmental conditions?

8. What other characters share this setting?
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1. Which prompt days are your favorites?

2. Are there any that don't work for you?

3. Are you planning on participating in the Winter Bingo event?

4. Anything we can change/do to improve Charloft?

5. Which social media services do you subscribe to Charloft on? ( We're on Facebook, twitter, tumblr..)
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In honor of Martin Luther King day, let's talk about diversity in characters. Writing characters of different races, backgrounds, sexualities, and beliefs without resorting to stereotypes is one of our most important tasks as writers. Humanity has a lot of facets - and then there's aliens, vampires, and anthromorphs to consider! But speaking about the human-ish for now--

Share some of your favorite resources, links or advice for writing on the diverse spectrum of humanity.

Some of mine:
http://writingwithcolor.tumblr.com/
http://mediadiversified.org/2013/12/19/how-to-write-women-of-colour-and-men-of-colour-if-you-are-white/
https://www.isr.umich.edu/home/diversity/resources/white-privilege.pdf
http://midnightbreakfast.com/writing-people-of-color
http://goodmenproject.com/gender-sexuality/writing-trans-characters-jvinc/
http://fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment.tumblr.com/
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There's an old saying that English teachers are overly fond of - "Write what you know." But if we only stuck to the familiar, how would we ever reach the fantastic? A mixture of what we know, and what we can imagine is often the best combination.

Author Tim O’Brien - speaking about his collection of stories, The Things They Carried - tells us about two states of truth -- the happening truth, and the story truth.


Here is happening-truth, I was once a soldier. There were many bodies, real bodies with real faces, but I was young then and afraid to look …

Here is the story-truth. He was a slim, dead, almost dainty young man of about twenty. He lay in the center of a red clay trail near the village of My Khe. His jaw was in his throat. His one eye was shut, the other eye was a star-shaped hole. I killed him.


Today's assignment is to take a real life experience you have had, and turn a happening truth into a story truth. Take one of your own real experiences, and figure out how you will turn it into part of a story narrative for one of your characters.
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As we turn the page from 2014 to 2015, it is a time for reflecting on our achievements and goals. We at Charloft hope we can help you achieve some of those goals! Tell us:

What writing did you get done in 2014? Did you reach any writing related goals you set for yourself?

What are your writing related goals for the coming year?
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From zen to nihilism, Catholicism to Atheism , self-serving to giving - there are many ways to believe and behave in our lives. Characters are no different. Today we present a little survey on Philosophy and Belief. Answer as many or as few questions as you like!


1. What is your character's philosophy of life / personal beliefs? Have they ever had a radical shift in these beliefs?

2. How is it similar to / different than your own? Is it difficult to write someone of different beliefs? Have you ever changed one of your own beliefs because of a character's?

3. How open is your character about their philosophy and beliefs?

4. Would you say that writing for many characters with differing beliefs helps you to be more open minded?

5. What do you think would happen if world or religious leaders had to roleplay someone from a completely different belief system than their own? Would they learn anything from the experience?
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If you had to (to save the world perhaps! or if someone twisted your arm a little!) --

Which canon character would you start writing for?

Which original one would you create?

Which old character would you revive?

Why?


Bonus points: So what's stopping you? Do one of the above!
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In order to get the ball rolling, since it's Munday Monday today, here's a Munday prompt for you, the person behind the keyboard:

What first got you into writing out the lives of your characters? Was it part of roleplaying with others, a desire to tell your own stories, a wish to get something out of your head, or something more?

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