• Writer's Training Grounds: "Hearthbreakers" Prompts / "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows" Submissions

    We waited an awful long time for the rest of the Pie Family to be given canon personalities.  I think I like Limestone the best. Which one is your favorite?

    Training Grounds stuff after the break.

    The Apples and the Pies, after many Hearthswarmings together, have developed a set of combined traditions that they now share every year.  Write about an ApplePie Hearthswarming years in the future.

    Big Macintosh visits the Pie farm to see Marble again... but his "ideal visit" doesn't go quite as planned with Limestone and Maud around.

    Granny Smith consults the choosing stone.


    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 questions, concerns, or prompt ideas for next week's WTG, feel free to send them to pegasusrescuebrigade@equestriadaily.com with the subject line "WTG Prompt Idea" or something similar.

    • 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, October 31st, 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!

    Now that we've got the usual copypaste out of the way, have some submissions!  Only four tonight, though.

    Normal/Slice of Life

    [Normal] - 1925 words

    Author: DouglasTrotter

    "I will never become a bean spilling bean spoiler spiller" Pinkie Pie said to herself that morning. With her list in hoof, she's decided to test her new technique on a secret she overheard from a certain chaotic god. When a new, more dangerous secret comes into the fray, the pink pony must decide if some secrets are worth keeping or spilling the beans over.

    Secrets to Keep

    Characters: Pinkie Pie, Discord, 

    [Random] - 1500 words

    Author: A Random Guy

    Pinkie can't keep the secret in any longer. If she does, time and space will twist into a big dumb knot!

    Too Far Back

    Characters: Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Pinkie Pie
    [Slice of Life][Comedy] - 2897 words

    Author: A1X

    Pinkie is left in panic after letting slip the news of Shining Armor and Princess Cadence’s new baby, and does her best to try and contain the outbreak before the news spreads to her friends.

    Trees Have Ears

    Characters: Pinkie Pie, Big Macintosh, 

    [Adventure][Sci-Fi] - 5900 words

    Author: ScifiPony

    Inadvertently entrusted with the secret that Cadance is having a baby, Pinkie nevertheless blabs. Realizing her mistake, she finds herself unconsciously breaking the laws of physics without a clue to the damage she's caused. Will Equestria, let alone her friendships, survive? It's all in question until she receives help with the tense situation from an unexpected friend.

    Pinkie (re)Curses A Lot

    Characters: Pinkie Pie, Time Turner (Doc), Muffin