• Retroactive Writer's Training Grounds: "Castle Sweet Castle"

    Despite all the exciting teasers, we didn't have a new episode this week, and that means it's time to catch up on a Writer's Training Grounds that we missed from earlier in the season.

    "Castle Sweet Castle" was the third episode this season, and helped Twilight, and us viewers, move on from the beloved library to Twilight's new home.  Head below the break to check out the fanfic prompts for this one.

    Hearing about the efforts of Twilight's friends, one (or more) of the other ponies in Ponyville decide to do their part to make Twilight's castle more like a home.

    Twilight struggles to find a way to clear the castle of Pinkie's hidden confetti cannons.

    How have things been going at the spa for Aloe and Lotus since Bulk Biceps was employed?

    The Writer's Training Grounds is a weekly writing exercise in which authors of all skill levels are invited to craft a story based on the prompts provided above. Responses to these prompts are posted directly on Equestria Daily in a weekly compilation post that bypasses the pre-reading process. Authors are then highly encouraged to read comment on, and promote each others' stories -- if you've ever prepared a copy-paste comment for an episode followup, consider doing the same for a fellow WTG participant!

    If you have any prompt ideas for next week's WTG, feel free to chuck them over to [email protected] with the subject line "WTG Prompt Idea" or something similar. We just might use it that week and give you credit!

    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 
    6. Character tags 
    7. Story URL (must be hosted on FimFiction, GDocs, dA, etc.)
    8. Email address

    The deadline for submission is >>>Friday, June 5th, at 11:59pm EST<<<

    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!