• Writer's Training Grounds: "Amending Fences" Prompts / "Party Pooped" Submissions

    I never thought we would see a pony that was even more pre-friendship Twilight than pre-friendship Twilight was.  Moondancer is best bookhorse.

    Speaking of reading, grab your prompts for "Amending Fences" and your submissions for "Party Pooped" after the break.

    How would things have been different if Twilight had attended Moondancer's first party?  (This can, but doesn't have to, involve the Nightmare Moon incident going differently.)

    Minuette, Twinkleshine, and Lemon Hearts seemed surprisingly forgiving of Twilight's past failure to be a good friend.  Write a story about some of their past attempts to get Twilight to socialize.

    Twilight goes on a very literal literary adventure via the Haycartes method.

    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!

    • 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 >>>Saturday, July 11th, 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!

    For those of you here to read, here are last week's submissions.

    Normal/Slice of Life

    [Normal] - 2400 words

    Author: A Hoof-ful of Dust

    Pinkie has drawn up plans for Applejack and Rarity's wedding. They're not even dating. So they say.

    Opposites Attract

    Characters: Mane 6, , 

    [Normal] - 2800 words

    Author: ScifiPony

    When we slid into Pinkie's Party cave, some of us learned Pinkie's party plans. But when I got to read my dossier, in private, I learned something that might change the trajectory of my entire life. Had Pinkie Pie read my soul and provided a vision of a future I could not resist? Or was she once again evilly taunting me, to get me to react? I could help animals, but could I help ponies and help myself?

    Learning to Fly Like Learning to Sing

    Characters: Fluttershy, The rest of the mane 6, 
    [Normal] - 3134 words

    Author: Third Wave

    While going through the files in the party cave, Twilight discovers a top secret document What does it mean, and why does Pinkie have it?

    Thinker, Tailor, Soldier, Pie

    Characters: Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, 


    [Tragedy][Dark] - 1463 words

    Author: Fluttercheer

    Equestria. A land of Tolerance and Love. Disputes between ponies are resolved quickly by them in order to maintain peace and friendship. And social taboos are something unheard of in this land. Except for one thing. When a dark secret about Scootaloo leaks out of Pinkie Pie's party cave, the young filly sees herself confronted with a reality so harsh, that she would have never thought of it as possible, not even in her darkest nightmares. Scootaloo's life has changed. Forever.

    Filed Away

    Characters: Scootaloo, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie