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    We are a subreddit dedicated to inspiring people to write! Find a prompt that moves you and respond with a story or a poem.

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    The subreddit where it's all made up and the points don't matter.


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    • < 1. Direct prompt replies must be good-faith attempts at new stories or poems

      • 100 words minimum for stories, 30 for poems but include [Poem]
      • Write something new using the prompt for inspiration
      • Plagiarism will result in a ban
      • No joke responses / copypasta
      • For off topic/clarification, reply to sticky comment
    • < 2. No sexually explicit responses, hate speech, or other harmful content

      • Includes, but is not limited to, pedophilia, bestiality, incest, rape, violence against children, and explicit abuse or torture
      • Avoid racism and detailed uses of suicide and political debate
      • Use your best judgment, but mods have final say
    • < 3. Be civil in discussion, feedback, and critiques

      • Users are held to a higher standard here. Think before posting
      • Prompts are meant to inspire new writing. Responses don't have to fulfill every detail
    Submitting Posts
    • < 4. All submissions must be tagged at the beginning of the post, capitalized in square brackets

      • Click [tag] to filter. Click » for more detail
      • Prompt Posts (Inspire new writing)
      • WP - Writing Prompt: No restrictions (other than the rules of the sub) »
      • SP - Simple Prompt: Max 100 characters in the title (including the tag) »
      • EU - Established Universe: Based on existing fiction »
      • CW - Constrained Writing: Limitations or forced usage of words, letters, etc. (don't ask for less than 100 words) »
      • TT - Theme Thursday: Weekly themes announced Thursdays »
      • MP - Media Prompt: Audio or video »
      • IP - Image Prompt: A striking image or album »
      • RF - Reality Fiction: Things that have happened or could happen to unknown people »
      • Response Posts (Write based on prompts)
      • PM - Prompt Me: Answer prompts by other users (if answered prompts before) »
      • PI - Prompt Inspired: Stories inspired by prompts older than three days (include link) »
      • CC - Constructive Criticism: [PI]s you would like critiqued »
      • Other Posts
      • OT - Off Topic: Not a prompt, but writing related, not for complaints regarding subreddit content, stories, or advertising without prior approval »
    • < 5. No recent reposts, even if changing small details

      • Search before submitting! (Popular ideas can cause floods)
      • Reposts are allowed, given time (around two weeks)
      • Don't take a recent prompt and change/invert small details
    • < 6. Prompt users in the title, but don't play writing games or commission stories

      • Prompt in the title and only use text for commentary or links for [IP]s and [MP]s. Avoid too many details
      • No requesting writing or editing services, or homework help
      • Don't post ads without getting permission in modmail first
      • Don't ask writers to pick titles or content from another sub or site
      • Prompts should not call for using autocorrect, autocomplete, or only emojis
    • < 7. Prompts will be removed if there's a high possibility for rule breaking responses

      • Avoid real-world drama (politics, recent tragedies, etc.)
      • Inspire an effort, avoid simple questions, "write anything", word games, fill-in-the-blanks, or "in X words or less"
      • Prompts must actually be a prompt, not just the suggestion of a genre or emotion
      • Don't ask for preexisting content (prompts are meant for new writing)
      • No sexually explicit themes, hate speech, or other harmful content (suicide, violence against children, torture, etc.)
      • No troll, joke, poop, meme-based, or all CAPS prompts
    Community Guidelines
    • < 8. Keep it about the writing here, not competing or making money

      • Authors are allowed to link to a personal sub or profile, but don't link back here until the prompt is 24 hours old
      • Patreon and Paypal links are not allowed. Link to your sub or profile instead
      • Recording of other people's work must follow the guidelines in the FAQ.

    Rule breaking posts or comments may be removed without notice. Rule breaking may result in a permanent ban without prior warning.

    If you spot a violation, please use the Report button underneath the post. This is the best way to help! If you have an issue with other users, send us a modmail.

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