• Writer's Training Grounds #011: "Somepony to Watch Over Me"

    Even Equestrian badasses take afternoon snoozes with their little sisters. What's your excuse, chump?

    In case you've been wondering what these things are, every Sunday after an episode airs, we'll provide a writing prompt based on that episode for which you can compose a short story! So long as your stories follow the rules, they'll get included in a wrapup post after the submission deadline, no pre-reader gauntlet required. The objective here is to have fun and provide feedback -- if you read anything by an author, let them know what you thought of their story!

    Anyhow, hit the break for this week's prompts and don't forget your folding chairs.

    Years after the Flame Geyser Swamp incident, Apple Bloom readies herself for her first pie delivery mission....

    Big Macintosh wishes chimeras were the only things he had to contend with on his delivery route. What he goes up against is far, far worse...

    Applejack decided against checking in on her sister and continued her delivery. Later, Big Macintosh and Granny Smith return to Sweet Apple Acres to see Apple Bloom doing fine, but Applejack's still gone...

    If you're getting tired of working with my prompts and think you can do me one better -- please do! Send an email to [email protected] with "WTG Prompt Idea" in the subject line after next week's episode, and you just may see your very own prompt on the page next week!

    Da Rulez:
    • Keep the content appropriate as defined by our submission guidelines.
    • Keep it between 1,000 - 7,000 words. >Greentexts and doorstoppers should apply elsewhere!
    • Keep it to two genres maximum. For the roundup, fics will be grouped by their primary genre.

    When you finish working on your fic, use this form to submit it to the Training Grounds. However, we will require much of the same information as if you were submitting a regular fic as follows, and this document explains what these requirements are.

    1. Story title
    2. Author name
    3. Story description (~1 paragraph maximum)
    4. Word count
    5. Genre tags (2 tags maximum)
    6. Character tags (3 tags maximum)
    7. Story URL (must be hosted on FimFiction, GDocs, dA, etc.)
    8. Email address

    The deadline for submission is Thursday, March 13, 9:00 PM PDT.

    As always, please continue to leave us feedback with what works well for these events, what's not working well, your general satisfaction with these, etc. etc. and so on. Now get writing!