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Writers’ Dash & Snatch Prompts for Week Beginning March 23, 2014

Published on Monday, March 24, 2014 by
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Each month we select the best Writers’ Dash submissions made through our blog comment system (whether Daily Dash, Piclit Dash or Siclit Dash). The winning dash piece will be published on our site and promoted throughout our main social media channels (we are followed by several of the big six publishing houses, so show them your best!).

It’s not necessary to enter through the general submission process, just leave your dash piece in the comment section below. You will probably want to submit your best pieces of dash, so take some time to edit and revise before submission. See here for full details.

Day Writers’ Dash Prompt (am) Writers’ Dash Prompt (pm)
Monday pugilist raffish
Tuesday wizened visage
Wednesday en masse missive
Thursday nebulize noetic
Friday rapine chichi

Day 500 Word Snatch Prompt
Monday The old woman was not amused.
Tuesday She had a voice that could cut glass.
Wednesday Your protagonist gets into a bar room fight.
Thursday It was almost as if he could read her mind.
Friday Your protagonist gets drunk and reveals a secret.
Saturday Your protagonist rescues a kitten from a drain.
Sunday As he looked at his reflection in the shop window he noticed the same man trailing behind him.

Additional Friday Challenge

Friday is now our dedicated dash and drabble (100-word story) day, inspired and encouraged by our good friend Crap Mariner. Crap’s weekly challenge this week is ‘What do you miss?‘. Try using both the dash prompt and the 100-word story prompt to create a Dash ‘n’ Drabble. Once you have your 100-word story feel free to add it to the comments section of this blog post as well as to Crap’s site.

Saturday Fiction Prod & Sunday Picture Prompt

We’ll reveal the Saturday Fiction Prod (Siclit) and the Sunday Picture Prompt (Piclit) on a separate post over the weekend. Click on the links above to access these on the appropriate day.

Other Writing Events

Look out for our regular word scrimmage on Twitter (#wordscrim).

A word scrimmage is an event in which participants write or type as fast as they can for a set time with the aim of increasing the word count on their current novel or work in progress. The participant who has written the most at the end of the scrimmage is declared the winner.

The event is held regularly on Second Life® at the 3d home of Virtual Writers, Inc. during NaNoWriMo (in November) and throughout the year on Twitter under the #wordscrim hashtag.

If you’re in need of a goal-oriented challenge then check out our 500 Word Snatch.


I found #writersdash on Twitter, what is it?

The Writers’ Dash (#writersdash on Twitter) is a 15-minute free writing exercise held on Twitter, Facebook and Second Life® every weekday. At 5:30am & 5:30pm PDT we share the word prompt on our social media channels; the live event begins in Second Life® at 6am & 6pm PDT. Write whatever comes to you. Don’t fixate too heavily on what you are writing and disengage your inner editor – the key is to get the words on the page first; you can worry about editing later. If you are attending the live event in Second Life® there will be an opportunity for you to show your work to the other participants after the 15 minutes are up. If you are unable to attend the live event you can share your work on our blog. Just look out for the prompt post and leave your dash piece as a comment.

In addition to our week day prompts we also include two exciting challenges for the weekend:

  • The Siclit Fiction Prod is a more challenging form of the dash, held on Twitter and Facebook every Saturday.
  • The Piclit Dash is a 15-minute free writing exercise inspired by a picture. It’s held on Twitter and Facebook every Sunday.

What’s the 500 Word Snatch?

It’s easy to feel despondent when you consider the effort required to produce a full length novel, especially when you have so little time.

The truth is you can make a long story short by taking small disciplined steps every day, instead of sitting idly by waiting for inspiration to strike. As Jack London said,  “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

Your challenge is to write 500 words a day for 365 days, come rain or shine – if you’ve completed the NaNoWriMo challenge you’ll find this one very easy. The 500 Word Snatch (#500WS) is perfect if you have a long-term goal, or need sustained support and encouragement.

Of course, you’re not confined to writing a novel, you can use the challenge for many different writing forms; outlining, a daily blog, a book of poems, short fiction, non-fiction or even revision; we don’t care what you write, as long as you write. This is an exercise in disciplined creativity.

For more details, including free resources and online meet times, visit the 500 Word Snatch page.

About Virtual Writers

Virtual Writers is a free online writers’ community first established in 2007 and committed to showcasing established and emerging writers in a range of interactive and immersive environments. Here we learn to experiment with digital, social and virtual world platforms to push the creative envelope and develop a strong, unique voice.

We host online writing events, workshops and interactive readings and provide a wealth of opportunities for writers to meet and share resources.

If you want to become involved in an active writing community then visit us on Second Life® or our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, &Goodreads) and get interactive. To learn more about our services please visit the following pages (Premium Services, Free Author Services) or contact us through our online contact form.

Whether you are dashing in Second Life®, on Twitter or Facebook we welcome your dashes in the comments section below.

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3 Responses
    • Clockwise
      The wrinkled wizard focusing his vision
      on mirror glass meets cataractic eyes
      and to their tic asks, “Am I grown so wizened,
      already, without having yet been wise?”
      The spectacle made clearer through his glasses,
      the restless pupils, taut lines, dulling focus
      in sharp perspective clock how quick time passes
      when pondering on puzzles quo in locus.
      Behind his sad reflection lies a shambles:
      locust in amber, hourglass, and tomes
      where narrow-windowed walls defined his rambles.
      Now from their glass-trapped grasp his glazed gaze roams.
      Alighting on the latch, hand follows eyes.
      The open air calls, “You may yet be wise.”

    • en masse
      “I’m here to see how fast your students can clear the building in case of fire.” said Chief Rodgers. “Your school was a little slow last time because of some stragglers who didn’t want to leave the Cafeteria.”
      Principal Peterson detected a smirk on Chief Rodgers’ face. He took a breath, stared steadily at Rodgers, and said, “I think we’ll do much better this time.”
      Chief Rodgers waited for him to continue but Peterson stood silently staring at him. After a minute of silence and steady staring, Chief Rodgers said, “Well, show me.”
      Principal Peterson nodded, turned on his heel, and walked into the School Office. He pressed the button for the loud speaker, then said, “Students and Staff, we’re having a Fire Drill today. Remember what we talked about. Be prepared to exit the building immediately and safely.”
      Chief Rodgers rolled his eyes, took out his stop watch, and walked out to the flag pole in the school yard.
      He stood there for about five minutes, becoming more and more agitated because nothing was happening. Just as he started to stalk back into the building and stride into the Office, the Fire Bell rang.
      He was startled to see children streaming out the doors before the sound of the Fire Bell echoes disappeared from the hallways. They almost ran over him in their drive to line up, class by class, in the school yard.
      “Soon Principal Peterson appeared. “Well, Chief Rodgers.” he said. “How did we do?”
      “Uhhh…I’m not sure. I didn’t start my stopwatch.” he admitted.
      “I started mine.” said Principal Peterson. “Less than a minute to clear the entire student body. I think we made a record today.” He kept a steady gaze on Chief Rodgers’ face as he held up his stopwatch…about six inches from the Chief’s eyes.
      “Uhhh…if your stopwatch is right and if you started it when the Fire Drill Bell rang, you’re right.”
      “I started it when the Bell rang and it is right. I just bought this stopwatch this weekend.” he replied.
      “Uhhh…good job.” said Chief Rodgers grudgingly. Then he turned on his heel and stalked off.
      Principal Peterson turned to the children with a big smile and said, “Good job Everybody. Your ice cream treats will be waiting for you when you go to lunch. “
      The students cheered, then went back to their classrooms with grins on their faces.
      Franja Russell 3-26-2014

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      Exhale, then repeat. This time–breathe deeper, hold longer.
      The Breathe Easy Nebulizer contains an entirely new mixture
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      Each Breathe Easy Nebulizer contains a month supply.
      The two nebulizers will carry you through both Mid-Terms and Finals.
      Hurry, the supply is limited!
      Franja Russell 3-27-2014

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