The Writer’s Block – A New Type of Challenge

I know I’ve spoken about it before – prior to Second Life “blogging” I did “real life” blogging on the platform of MySpace. This was back in the day when MySpace was very popular (sorry kiddos – no Facebook) and the blogsphere was HUGE. I came about this place through a friend who told me that I should really check it out and possibly begin to show some of my work. So I stepped forward and did just that. After about six months of blogging, commenting, following others, debating, writing, expressing opinions and all sorts of other extra crazy things – I landed a rather huge following. The ride was fun, turbulent, and unexpected. Yet, I learned something during this time. I learned how to be a better writer. I got critiqued. I got slammed. I received praise and I received drawbacks. Yet through it all – I was WRITING.

So – you’re probably wondering where I’m going with this. During my time there I started a challenge with another blogger (who is still a good friend of mine) called “The Writer’s Block”. Yes, I’m using the same title again because this is what is symbolized. There are days when those of us who do like to write get stuck. We’re at a loss for words. This happens A LOT. One of the benefits to Second Life is the fact that we can take pictures to vocalize those words that we cannot seem to get out. Whiskey Monday does this with her challenge of Single Frame Stories (something I really need to start doing) and others do it through many other challenges that you can find through the [SL] Blogger Support website. (We keep a list handy. If you know of anymore challenges, please fill out the application!)

The idea of this challenge is to reach out to those who do like to write AND take pictures in Second Life. You may be a fashion blogger, but you really want to try something different or you just take pictures and never really know what to say – so here’s your chance.

The rules are pretty much simple:

1. The Writer’s Block will begin every 1st and 15th of the month.
It’s a bi-weekly (almost) challenge that allows you the time to write,
express and showcase your work.
Topics will be posted the day prior to the 1st and 15th.
I will be posting them here on my blog.
2. There will be four topics chosen. You are allowed to write in prose, poetry, short story, erotica, or argumentative essay and pick only ONE of the topics.
3. Since this is a Second Life Challenge, pictures are to be incorporated. Limit: four pictures. This is a written challenge as well, not just pictures.
4. Blog posts are to be linked to the topic blog (aka here) so we can all read.
Also, there is a Flickr Group made to post all your pictures! Please utilize it HERE
5. The bi-weekly challenge will close on the eve of the day before the new post. At that time, no more admissions for that segment will be excepted.
Why? A prize will be given to four people, one from each topic.
I will award them with a linden prize.
6. I really hate to say it, but DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. I will check.
I know how to Google (and use other tools).
7. This is not a PG Challenge. If you want to get dirty – do it! If the work is violent – that’s fine too. It’s about expression.
8. Link and credit. We still want to give props to the creators.
9. Have fun.
10. Enjoy what people have written.

And that’s it for now. Stay tuned for the topics. I will post them later today.
Any questions, please IM me in world on Katya Valeska or email me at simply.dou@gmail.com. You can find all my info in the Social section of my blog.

For credits and landmarks, see below ❤

The Writer's BlockDress: …Mutresse… Lili Sheer Blouse with Skirt (s) / Eeky Cioc
*FaMESHed August 1st*

Shoes: [Gos] Boutique – Lauren d’Orsay (xs) – Truffle Collection / Gospel Voom
*The Boutique @ TLC*

Necklace: Maxi Gossamer – Aphrodite’s Dream – Short – Gold / Maxi Gossamer
Skin: Glam Affair – Katya – America 02 A / Aida Ewing *The Boutique @ TLC*
Hair: TRUTH Hair – Qopi – LightBlondes04 / Truth Hawks *NEW*
Eyes: IKON – Vanity Eyes in Blue (L) / Ikon Innovia
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands in Elegant / Siddean Munro
Appliers: Cae – Manicure / Caelan Hancroft *NEW*
Pose: flowey. / Flutter Memel
Props: Eleventh Hour “A” Bookshelf – Coco Tan Wood / River Stromfield
*The Box August 1st*

:Cheeky Pea: Deconstructed Chair / Isla Gealach 
:Cheeky Pae: Ansel Console Table / Isla Gealach
:Cheeky Pea: Ansel Bird Cage with Candles / Isla Gealach
.:StandBy Inc. Beach Radio – Dot Princess / Sho Kenin
{what next} Row of Books – A / Winter Thorn
LISP – Charlotte Home Teacup and Macaroon / Pandora Popstar
LISP – Charlotte Nerd Bookends – Less Gold / Pandora Popstar

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2 Comments on “The Writer’s Block – A New Type of Challenge

  1. I love this idea cause i WANT to be able to write.. but i think no one wants to read what i have to say…. so i usually let the pics do my talking and i add very short text to go with…. maybe one for me to try!

  2. Pingback: Challenging Your Writing Skills | I was just thinking.......

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