• Writer's Training Grounds: "Scare-Master" Prompts / "Hearthbreakers" Submissions

    I kind of wish Fluttershy was actually still capable of turning into a batpony for real, instead of just using a costume.  I admit that's where I figured Scare-Master was going to go, given the popularity of the Flutterbat concept.

    But enough about that, it's time for some fanfics below the break.

    Instead of discovering that scaring ponies isn't for her, what if Fluttershy had discovered that she loves being the scary one on Nightmare Night?  What is the rest of the mane six in store for the following year?

    Even in her advanced age, Granny Smith clearly loves Nightmare Night.  One year she tells her grandchildren a story or two from Nightmare Nights of days long past.

    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, November 7th, 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 and grab the only two submissions we got this week below.


    [Shipping][Normal] - 2207 words

    Author: Nuttmeg

    Big Mac decides it's time.

    Big Mac Goes A-Courtin'

    Characters: Big MacIntosh, Marble Pie, 
    Romance[Normal] - 3900 words

    Author: ScifiPony

    When Granny Smith sends Big Mac to visit the Pie homestead, his manner of speech leads to an embarrassing misunderstanding about the nature of his visit, Can music and rock candy reconcile the matters of the heart and soul that Big Mac reveals ? Or will his request to visit the Pairing Stone force one gray little pony to make a choice she'd like but doesn't want?

    Marble Pie and the Pairing Stone

    Characters: Big Mac, Marble Pie, The Pie sisters