• Writing Training Grounds #004 - "Rainbow Falls!" Submission Post

    We extended these events to Fridays after many a request to Couch Crusader for more time. It looks like that brought about 30 extra stories too, so it works for me! Also Derpy. So much Derpy.

    Head on down below the break to check them all out, sorted by genre. Hopefully you can get your pony fix after that one.

    Normal/Slice of Life

    [Normal] - 1847 words

    Author: AffiliatedRonin

    What it’s like to fly… for Bulk Biceps.

    Flight Muscles

    Characters: Bulk Biceps, Fluttershy, Scootaloo

    [Normal] - 1531 words

    Author: Quillin Words

    "Flight...is a magical thing. And yet no unicorn can truly replicate the beauty of a pegasus tearing through the skies upon a pair of majestic wings." Soarin is approached by Spitfire with a burning question. Spitfire has lost sight of what she saw in flying. She had betrayed him, a teammate and close friend, for the sake of winning a competition. Confused, she turns to him, and asks him a question that has too many answers: "Can you remind me of what it means to fly?"

    Painting Winds

    Characters: Soarin, Spitfire

    [Normal] - 1485 words

    Author: Zeck

    Bon Voyage is not a fast flyer. She's not into stunts or tricks either, but she can fly for nearly forever. When Jet Stream asked her to join Ponyville's long distance relay team for the Equestria games, she said yes. Now she's getting ready for her race in her own way.

    Long Distance Flight

    Characters: Bon Voyage

    [Normal] - 1180 words

    Author: Borg

    Flight. The most defining ability of pegasi. Let us join one of them as she first claims this right.


    Characters: A pegasus

    [Normal] - 1081 words

    Author: Elden Andel

    You are a pegasus on a mission. You've been preping for months for this very moment. The most daring insane stunt in your life. Will you soar? Or will all of your preparations been for nothing?

    To fly

    Characters: Oc

    [Normal] - 1630 words

    Author: SaiKimura

    Shrieking Arrow climbs to 22 kilometers and willingly plummets from the stratosphere, letting gravity take hold of him. This is a challenge of skill and wits for the daring pegasus. Will he complete his objective? Will he wimp out and break the free-fall? Or will he miscalculate and collide with the earth below?

    A New High

    Characters: OC

    [Normal] - 1320 words

    Author: Joolzanfire

    Cloudflight is just another pegasus pony living in Rainbow Falls. So when a random filly asks him of all ponies what it's like to fly, it takes him a while to reply. I submitted this to FiMFiction just now and it's still waiting for approval. Hopefully that won't be a problem, but just in case, here's an alternate link: http://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZxK9-Wx3-AJcG1zEA8sAEi3SeHwNVO-jnnyPG8e3EKg/edit?usp=sharing


    Characters: OC Ponies, OC Ponies

    [Normal] - 2895 words

    Author: Sarcasmo

    It's not easy learning to fly. Lucky for Twilight, Rainbow Dash just might have the words to tell her how.

    Twilight Falls (...And Falls Again)

    Characters: Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash

    [Normal] - 1013 words

    Author: Ronin

    The freedom of flight is what keeps some pegasi sane. It's always nice to share what moves you.

    Skyborn Freedom

    Characters: Ditzy "Derpy" Do, Dinky, Amethyst Star

    [Normal] - 1328 words

    Author: Starlit Skies

    Rainbow Dash flies.

    Flying Free

    Characters: Rainbow Dash

    [Normal] - 1191 words

    Author: Goldymarg

    "I haven't really thought about it, have I? Being up so high...I get so anxious just thinking about it." It all started with such an innocent question. No cynicism, no underlying motive, just a simple request from a friend. A request that was turned down, prefaced by a white lie. It wasn't that Twilight wasn't capable of at least trying, because she could. She was just unsure of herself. Something that was so mundane to everypony participating was something so much more to her. And despite everything that she had been though, past all the challenges and scrapes with death, past all her new responsibilities and worries...nothing upset her more than just sitting down and contemplating it.

    Northwind by Moonlight

    Characters: Twilight Sparkle

    [Normal] - 1037 words

    Author: AlwaysDressesInStyle

    A look back to Fluttershy's elementary school days and her essay on what it's like to fly.

    Flight Of The Fluttershy

    Characters: Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash

    [Normal] - 1030 words

    Author: DouglasTrotter

    A little pony asks a pegasus mare what it means to fly in the skies of Equestria.

    Heart of the Sky

    Characters: Derpy, Dinky

    [Normal] - 1013 words

    Author: Artsofallkinds

    Gena, a griffon competing in the Equestrian Games, is taking a relaxing flight through the clouds. When suddenly, realization strikes: she's really high up. Starring the two female background griffons from the episode Rainbow Falls.


    Characters: Other, Other

    [Normal] - 1213 words

    Author: RamboZelda

    Fluttershy, once again, undergoes a flight training exercise from Rainbow Dash at her third Summer a Flight Camp. It isn't as bad as it sounds.

    Summer Flight Camp

    Characters: Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash

    [Normal] - 1060 words

    Author: q97randomguy

    Long Haul's mail route takes him all over Equestria, barely giving him time to stop. He spends almost every waking moment in the air, and that gives him a unique view on the gift of flight most pegasi possess.

    Leaving the Ground Behind

    Characters: OC

    [Normal] - 4212 words

    Author: Silent Strider

    As Luna hears Twilight wondering about flight, her own memories come back as a dream.

    Flying with the Moon

    Characters: Princess Luna, Princess Celestia, Twilight Sparkle

    [Normal] - 3148 words

    Author: NotARealPonydotcom

    It's taken so long and so much. Weeks worth of stretches. Months worth of flapping hopelessly. Days spent in frightening, pale offices with equally-as-frightening and pale physical therapists. Hours upon hours of wing-ups. And all of it for this moment. Finally, Scootaloo can do it. She can follow her up there.


    Characters: Scootaloo, Rainbow Dash

    [Normal] - 1820 words

    Author: PWNsbey

    Charcoal Line is a pretty average pegasus, and not an overly talented flier. When a friend questions her about this ability, however, she realizes she has taken flying somewhat for granted - and decides to go for a nighttime flight with a new perspective. What follows is an experience she will never forget.

    Lines in the Skies

    Characters: OC Pony, OC Pony

    [Normal] - 2650 words

    Author: Firefly2012

    Flight means different things to different pegasi, but to a depressed pegasus pony who can't fly, it means everything. Can the Princess of the Night help Scootaloo before it's too late?

    I just want to fly

    Characters: Scootaloo, Princess Luna, Rainbow Dash

    [Normal] - 3972 words

    Author: Gofindnova

    Fluttershy knows what it's like to be a pegasus. But she's not like that, so she's not going to talk about it. note: contains more than scene because I fail at reading the prompt.

    What's It Like to Flutter?

    Characters: Fluttershy

    [Normal] - 1233 words

    Author: Newtaloo

    I hate flying. There's no telling what can happen a hundred feet up in the air, at the mercy of the elements. Yet here I am, in the heart of a storm I helped to create, struggling to stay aloft because I have no choice. Ponyville needs me, and there's no going back now.

    Raindrops Rising

    Characters: Raindrops

    [Normal] - 2884 words

    Author: GermanShepherd

    After a pegasus pony is caught off guard by her earth pony friend asking what it was like to fly, she makes a special effort to put some of her experiences into words while on her flight home from Canterlot.

    Night Flight

    Characters: OC

    [Normal] - 1516 words

    Author: Blood Brandy

    Spike asks a surprisingly deep question to a not so deep pony. Not really able to explain, she finds that some things can't be said, only felt...

    I'll be Your Wings

    Characters: Derpy Hooves, Spike

    [Normal] - 4000 words

    Author: Palm Palette

    The Cutie Mark Crusaders test out a flying machine they built. Good luck with that—they're going to need it.

    Poultry in Motion

    Characters: Cutie Mark Crusaders
    [Normal] - 2071 words

    Author: Shade

    Troubled by a question asked of her, Cloudchaser participates in weather duty during the biggest thunderstorm of the year.

    Storm Drinker

    Characters: Cloudchaser, Scootaloo
    [Normal] - 1417 words

    Author: terrycloth

    Twilight Sparkle explains in great detail what flying is like. It's not just fluffy clouds and the wind in your mane. There's also crashing. Lots and lots of crashing.

    Flying Hard

    Characters: Twilight Sparkle, Cutie Mark Crusaders
    [Normal] - 1677 words

    Author: Tidepool

    It's Fluttershy's first time flying since the accident. Can her desist father teach her what flying means again?

    One More Step

    Characters: Fluttershy, OC: Sunlit Aura, OC: Thunder Bolt

    [Normal] - 1064 words

    Author: Sea_Shimmer

    All her life, all she wanted to do was fly. And when she gets that chance, she knows that she should treasure the experience her whole life. If she has a life afterwards.

    Wishes Only Last a Night

    Characters: OC
    [Normal] - 1274 words

    Author: Crowne Prince

    Scootaloo experiences free fall.

    Scootaloo's Dissent

    Characters: Scootaloo
    [Normal] - 2830 words

    Author: TigerFang

    When a messenger pegasus is dispatched with a time critical letter for Princess Luna he will let nothing stand in his way. As he struggles against the elements and travels in a day more than most ponies in their entire lifetime he is reminded that there is more to flying than reaching your destination.

    To fly again

    Characters: OC
    [Normal] - 1151 words

    Author: q97randomguy

    Streamline flies above the land that would one day become Equestria. A question sits in the back of his mind, teasing him with its seeming simplicity. “What is it like to fly?” He had been asked hours ago, but he still had no answer. He would not land until he had one, not that he minded it taking hours more; that would only mean more time in the sky.

    Life in the Air

    Characters: OC
    [Normal] - 2000 words

    Author: Georg

    Crippled at birth and unable to fly until she was cured at adulthood, Luna’s Nocturne Hoofmaiden faces a royal command to ascend into the sky she has always feared. Fortunately she has a handsome Night Guard to help her with lessons. Unfortunately, it’s Pumpernickel.

    Graceful Ponies of the Night

    Characters: OC, Princess Twilight Sparkle


    [Comedy] - 1373 words

    Author: D'Soul Pony

    Houshou and D'Soul are twin brothers. Houshou, a pegasus, D'Soul a unicorn. After an accident, D'Soul asks his brother what is it like to fly. Houshou does his best to explain the Thrill of Flight to his younger brother.

    The Thrill of Flight

    Characters: OC Ponies

    [Comedy] - 1364 words

    Author: SacredSturgeon

    Dash's day is made when Fluttershy flies for the first time!


    Characters: Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy

    [Random] - 1248 words

    Author: Eddepicman

    Diamond Tiara wants to make fun of Scootaloo some more, so she makes a flying machine and learns what it's truly like to fly.

    The Second Earth Pony Flyer

    Characters: Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon

    [Comedy] - 5000 words

    Author: HorizonLine

    When Soarin' was a young foal, his dreams had always been beyond his grasp. He could never reach high enough into the sky to grab what tormented him from above. After years of practice and determination, and with a little motivation from an old Aviator, he had finally flown high enough to grab some of those dreams. However, there was still one dream that remained. Maybe tonight would be the night he will fly to new heights?

    Taking Flight

    Characters: Soarin', OC, Wonderbolts

    [Random]- 1117 words

    Author: Arkanoid1

    Rainbow Dash intends to raid Sweet Apple Acres of its apples as an April Foal's Day prank. Even though the plan doesn't materialize as expected she gets some great flying and reflection time in.

    Flight on April Foals’ Day

    Characters: Rainbow Dash, Big McIntosh

    [Random] - 4461 words

    Author: Grand Moff Pony

    Flight. A common part of life in Equestria, yet something that only the pegasi truly know and understand. Twilight has spent years watching her winged friends from the fields of Ponyville, and gazing at the stars from her balcony. But for one night, Twilight trades her notebook for the clouds, and her telescope for the stars themselves. Twilight already knows what flight is. Tonight, she'll learn what it's like to fly.


    Characters: Twilight Sparkle

    [Random] - 1800 words

    Author: TheBandBrony

    Applejack wants to know what it's like to fly. The truth is heavier than she expected.

    A Short and Violent Fall

    Characters: Rainbow Dash, Applejack
    [Random][Comedy] - 1550 words

    Author: scorpion1m

    what..... rainbow dash is famous i wounder if shes got cheese becouse we all know 5 is less then 1...?

    the rainbow dash tail

    Characters: rainbow dash, derpy, scotalo
    [Comedy] - 1346 words

    Author: Yukito

    Trixie asks Lightning Dust what it's like to fly. Lightning Dust always felt that actions spoke louder than words.

    What is Flight? Baby Don't Kill Me

    Characters: Trixie Lulamoon, Lightning Dust, Spitfire


    [Adventure] - 2193 words

    Author: Cie Cheesemeister

    Xavier the Mule has a special diversity project assignment for school. He needs to interview a pony of a different kind than himself, so he chooses to interview Rainbow Dash. He ends up interviewing Twilight and Fluttershy as well. All of the ponies end up learning something new about one another as well as the world around them.

    What It's Like to Fly

    Characters: OC, Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle

    [Adventure] - 4089 words

    Author: Aaron Loh

    A story of a young pegasus's first flight and the challenges that he has to face when chasing his dreams.

    Young Skyrider

    Characters: OC

    [Adventure] - 3017 words

    Author: MistChance

    Spitfire and Soarin attend the royal wedding of Princess Cadence and Shining armor, but are forced to fly for their lives when Queen Chrysalis and her changelings attack the city. Spitfire desperately fights against the changelings, but when Celestia is gravely hurt, and Soarin's life is in danger, can she fly fast enough to outrun her own despair? Contains some violence.

    Fire, Fly, or Fall

    Characters: Spitfire, Soarin, Changelings

    [Adventure] - 2204 words

    Author: ToonLink15

    A very loaded question has one Pegasus reflecting on one of her most basic instincts: What is it like to really fly?

    Question 6

    Characters: Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle

    [Adventure][Random] - 1000 words

    Author: Moribundbunny

    Rainbow Dash follows a mysterious light in the distance, and gets more than she bargained for.

    Out of the Blue

    Characters: Rainbow Dash, Princess Luna
    [Adventure] - 3706 words

    Author: AlphaOmega

    Have you ever wondered what it felt like to fly? To see the world from the view of somepony fortunate enough to have gotten the ability? But flying does not just reveal the wonders of the world to all; it shows us the different ways we must see life in order to truly cherish and live our destiny. Follow the writings of an average pegasus in Ponyville. What she has discovered in one trip will lead her to realize how much one can take something for granted...and how important it is to see the world not just as a circle, but as a sphere.

    Different Views

    Characters: Derpy Hooves, Dinky


    [Dark] - 1007 words

    Author: Tiger|Pony

    What's it like to fly? Commander Hurricane knows, and in this famous extract from Mere Player's Winter of Discontent, she lays out the hurt in her hate-filled heart, and epitomises a view of ponykind which we must be glad to see consigned to history.

    We Alone

    Characters: Commander Hurricane

    [Dark] - 1049 words

    Author: ArgonMatrix

    What is it like to fly? Delve into the mind of a monster and find out.

    They Call Me Flightless Fury

    Characters: OC, Rainbow Dash


    [Shipping] - 1000 words

    Author: A Hoof-ful of Dust

    Fluttershy considers her non-flying lifestyle.

    If I Fell

    Characters: Fluttershy, Big Macintosh

    [Shipping] - 2000 words

    Author: Hurricane Relic

    Flying is an amazing experience, sometimes it changes ponies, sometimes it offers a new perspective.

    To the Sky

    Characters: Rainbow Dash, Twilight

    [Shipping] - 3397 words

    Author: Pale Horse

    As they both begin to mature, Spike and Rainbow Dash have a conversation about flying, life, and love.

    Beneath the Big Blue Sky

    Characters: Spike, Rainbow Dash


    [Sad][Shipping] - 1959 words

    Author: RenaissanceBrony

    An elderly pony must comfort her lifelong companion when the time comes to leave home behind.

    A Heart in the Sky

    Characters: Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash

    [Sad] - 2220 words

    Author: Nat

    Rainbow Dash has always been a pegasus, and flying was her passion. For years she knew the excitement and bliss that flying brought her - loving the emotion behind having more directions to go toward besides left and right... But that only makes it harder to answer a question that she is asked by the flightless orange filly Scootaloo.

    A Feeling Beyond Words

    Characters: Rainbow Dash, Scootaloo

    [Sad] - 2486 words

    Author: Scarf Ace

    Mr Carrot Cake always had a question that he wanted to ask his son. In the end, his wife has to ask it for him.

    My Father's Wings

    Characters: Cup Cake, Pound Cake, Pumpkin Cake

    [Sad] - 2067 words

    Author: Ebony Pen

    After waking up in hospital, Snowy lies and stares up at the ceiling, unsure of how she ended up here, or even where ‘here’ is. As she is thinking over what it’s like when your world is truly turned upside down, another patient begins to speak to her. She learns that somepony can teach you some of life’s greatest lessons, even in a few short minutes, and that those few minutes can be some of the most precious you may ever experience.

    The Gift

    Characters: OC, OC

    [Sad] - 1190 words

    Author: Super Trampoline

    While practicing flying, Twilight looks back on the wonderful life she's lived so far, and wonders what the future holds. Inspired by a line in Obsolescence's blog post On Being Prolific. If you haven't checked out his stuff, you probably should.

    Twilight Thinks About Something for Ten Seconds

    Characters: Twilight Sparkle
    [Sad][Normal] - 1038 words

    Author: TheCrystalRing

    When Rainbow Dash was awakened in the middle of the night, she wasn't expected to be struck with tragedy. In the following flight, an unexpected visitor shares support for the griefstriken pegasus and helps her realize what it means to fly.


    Characters: Rainbow Dash, Princess Luna, Scootaloo
    [Sad] - 1036 words

    Author: Treble Tech

    A pegasus stallion remembers the emotions he felt when flying.

    Memories of Flight

    Characters: OC


    [Crossover] - 1800 words

    Author: Orfearus

    Scootaloo has always wanted to know what it's like to fly. After being told that she will never get to achieve her dream, she sets out to prove them wrong and do the impossible. A crossover of MLP with the short animation Kiwi! (found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdUUx5FdySs).

    First Flight

    Characters: Scootaloo

    [Crossover] - 1202 words

    Author: ClosetBrony00

    This is a standalone short story related to Equestrian Rim, an upcoming fanfic that crossovers My Little Pony with the Pacific Rim movie and is loosly based in both stories. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One day out of no where ponies from Equestria come to earth and destroy it, by reasons unkown. What ponies don't know is human know how to defend themselves and war last for years taking many lives in both sides. After several years of war and an unexpected turn of events a human and a pony must pilot a a human giant robot together, and before that they prepare by letting behind the stress the war has caused them.

    Equestrian Rim Tales #1: Interspecies Drift

    Characters: OC


    [Sci-Fi] - 1100 words

    Author: Super Trampoline

    Twilight awakes from a coma after a horrible flying accident, and things are a bit... different. This is going to take some getting used to.


    Characters: Twilight Sparkle, OC (hasn't entered the story yet though), Main Six