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Here's a prompt for your face (it should be a fun one, though... hopefully!):

The WORST place to hear the phrase "Welcome Back."

The thing that I want to stand out is the SETTING.  Sometimes settings are overlooked in stories or at very least, more phoned in than anything else.  Settings are also characters, you know (well, if you didn't, you know now).  We're all so much more concerned with silly things like character development and plot... so for once, let's focus in harder on something else!  Where is the character?  The more unique and specific the better.  Say they're at the doctor's office.  But are they at the proctologist?  An abortionist?  The plastic surgeon?   Surprise me.  And if you can't be unique, try harder.  If you need help, note me.


Guidelines
:bulletred:  Setting is key but also think about if they are with someone for the first time.  Or their grandmother.  
:bulletred:  Why is it the worst place for them to hear this phrase?  
:bulletred:  Don't go crazy on the backstory, we need to know why it's the worst place but no info dumps.
:bulletred:  Like I said, make setting be the crucial element here.  Don't be lazy on everything else, though.

:bulletgreen: ONE PROVISION -->  if you think of a mundane setting but a great story involving a character at the setting, I might allow it.  I mention this only because the idea I have revolves around a hotel.  If you have questions or want me to give it a green light to go with the green bullet, note me.  Odds are I will bend if the potential for story hotness is there.  Odds are, knowing you guys, the potential IS there.

:bulletred:  It can be in any POV, any genre.
:bulletred:  Make it at least 1500 words long, no more than 2000.
:bulletred:  This is due on my birthday, December 6th, 2012.  Note it to me here or at my personal page.


If you have questions, please get in touch.

Life is short.  This is prompt #30.

:star: Also welcome to a ton of new members!  Thank you for your interest in the group and kudos to you for choosing my spot to help you on your path to awesome writing!  :star:

:bulletblue: AFFILIATE CONTEST:  scribes-are-beckoned.deviantar…
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TawneyK Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
hey, i've missed out on a coupla prompts but this one catches my eye and i've immediately got a good idea. could it still be considered for the gallery if i submit it late?

Thanks Raspil!
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raspil Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer
absolutely!
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violetense Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Writer
Obviously I'm too late for this prompt, but I just wanted to say that if I'd participated, I would have set my submission on a psych ward.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012   Writer
it's never too late to do one of the prompts. they don't expire! :w00t:

go back whenever you'd like and knock it out. keep in mind you must be a member of this group first to have your story considered for the gallery. if you choose to join, and you aren't obligated to if you'd like to watch first, it's all up to you -- please read the about us and manifesto just to be familiar with how i do things and what i expect of everyone (it's not unreasonable, just to do your best).
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ARH1997 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Does it have to be prose?
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Writer
yes. this is a prose group. are you lost?
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:iconarh1997:
ARH1997 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No. I was just looking for group that gave topics for writing in general or for just poetry.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Writer
try #HammeredPoetry. they're based on my group but for poets.
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AmbreeChristineSkye Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Thank you for creating this prompt, especially since I know your going through a rough time. I'm especially grateful for this one because it rekindled a story I haven't thought about for a long time, but that is very close to my heart.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Writer
good deal. :thumbsup:
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:icongalaxygoddess:
GalaxyGoddess Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes Raspil, you teach me things. I thank you for that.


I really don't spend any time on settings, nor do I give them as much thought as I should. I know that when i'm writing I get really annoyed because my stories are lacking that certain something that really makes them pop, that makes them comparable to my favorite authors, and I have never been able to figure that out until just now.

Sitting here, trying to think of a story, and I have one, I have one that's been rattling around in my head for days, but I start skimping on the setting detail and it flops. Just now I picked up book from my husband's collection that I had really no intention of reading, and suddenly I'm a couple of pages in, just following the setting. I've been complaining about the lack of detail in my stories, and it's like "Oh. duh."

So thank you for that.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Writer
you're welcome. :hug:
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:iconlit-twitter:
Lit-Twitter Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Chirp, it's been twittered. And that's one way to get birthday presents. :p
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Writer
thanks a bunch :-)
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Writer
I already have a couple ideas bouncing around in my head, and I'm not sure I like that, because the first ideas are almost never the best ones...

But regardless, I'll have something epic by December 6th. :la:
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Writer
sweet.
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:iconhurricaneclaw:
Hurricaneclaw Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to write this! I want
But... NaNo... kinda is first on the list of my writing. :saddummy:

Oh how I wish there were more hours in a day...
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
you can come back and do this one at any time. the prompts don't expire. no rush.
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Hurricaneclaw Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Riiiight :dummy:
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Coramyrth Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This sounds like fun. I think I may actually ditch NaNoWriMo (for which I have no real time or am too tired to work in properly) and do this instead. About time I tried one of your prompts!
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
I think this would be a good one to start with. I look forward to your results :D
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:iconlalewu:
Lalewu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Would you consider a Middle/Secondary school to be mundane? I'll be brainstorming for other settings, but this one's begging to be written.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
if it's begging to be written, i'll allow it.
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VFreie Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
re: Thank you for your interest in the group
No no, thank *you* for coming up with prompts that provide some actual food for thought.
Will have to ruminate on this one. It sounds intriguing.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
fantastic :D please ruminate.
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:iconlychalis:
Lychalis Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Writer
This just makes me think of a Scenes We'd Like To See round on Mock the Week (british comedy show)

The heading was 'the worst thing to hear on holiday', or something similar
:P
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
yeah, i was at work when i thought of this one. i can't remember the circumstance that inspired it but that is pretty typical of my prompts.
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ArynChris Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Would that be the Hotel California? :D

Either unfortunately or ironically, or maybe there's a much better word for this that I've forgotten, I'm about to go LIVE this prompt. Guess I could take a pad of paper with me and pretend it's research.

Oh, if only I got a grant for all the "research" I do, c'est la vie... :P
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
please return with something juicy for us to read when you return!
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Allysmurfy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
Ohh. Funfunfun. I'll be doing this, yes. And I didn't know your birthday was on the sixth. Happy birthday, in advance because I'm sure to forget it.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
i think dA has a little reminder built in... ;-)
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:iconallysmurfy:
Allysmurfy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
Oh. Righto, I forgot about that.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
:lol:
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Allysmurfy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
Oh, by the by. We've got out first contestant entry for the competition.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
good to know.
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:iconaussie-necko:
Aussie-Necko Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
First thing that came to mind was Nurse Joy from the Pokemon games XD
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
i don't know what that is but i'm not the world's biggest fan of using the first thing that comes to mind...
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:iconaussie-necko:
Aussie-Necko Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nah, I'm not saying I'd use it. I'm just saying its funny that it came to mind. Because your pokemon is either half dead, or tired as hell and they say "Welcome back."


It's probably going to be a while until you see something from me, anyway...
Jog.. Kid.. School... School... Kid... Research paper...
I'll probably write some whenever I'm on winter break or something.
I apologize for my failure to write anything! I really am!
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
it's not me you should apologize to.
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:iconaussie-necko:
Aussie-Necko Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're right....
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Welcome back, Captain! :iconbiggrinplz:

I will do this one for you with a bow on top ready for your birthday. As well as the other one slowly gathering cobwebs in Microsoft Word.

I've always liked the idea of how some people will talk about the setting of a book/movie as being a 'character', like it has lots of personality/is an obstacle or an antagonist in itself, so I think I'll try something like that.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
coolio.
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GalaxyGoddess Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Goddammit.

Well, Something popped into my head, I wonder if I can use it. *considers
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
don't go with those initial poppers. think about it, make it better than it already is. then proceed.
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:icongalaxygoddess:
GalaxyGoddess Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, my NaNo takes precedence right now, so this will have to sit any way.


11k down, more to go...
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
of course.
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Writer
Oh, well, I'm not sure whether to welcome you back or not. I hope you're feeling better.

Ooh, interesting. I like it :D
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
i'm feeling better if i can be bothered to dust it off after a couple of days.
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:icondrippingwords:
DrippingWords Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Writer
:huggle: Glad to see you're back then :huggle:
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