Welcome

Welcome to The Writer's Block hosted by The Faerie Shelter - The Guild. The Writer's Block was created to help our guild members boost their knowledge and technique when it comes to creative writing and character creation! This section of our guild is run by our own Neopian Times published member, Faith.

During our opening stages, some activities may be removed, changed or added as interest for The Writer's Block grows.

Suggest your ideas!

Itching to include an activity that isn't available? Great! Mail Faith with any information regarding your activity, whether it's completely thought out or just an idea. If you're interested in hosting your own Writer's Block activity, please mention that in your message!

News and updates

Month 2: 1st May to 29th May
+ May's Featured Writer:
Congratulations to Deegoes for being our featured writer this month!
+ Develop a Plot (Step 1):
Our first step towards building a plot for any epic tale.
+ Build a Character (Step 1):
Help develop the perfect character for your pet with our easy steps.
+ What On Neopia Is Going On?:
Pick a prompt and run with it (don't actually run, especially with scissors)...
+ Design a Treasure Hunt:
A unique way to celebrate the Month of Hunting!
+ April's Wall of Fame:
Our Wall of Fame has been updated with last month's entries.

Month 1: 1st April to 29th April
+ April's Feature Writer:
Congratulations to Zomiee for being our featured writer this month!
+ What Happened Next?:
Dee finds a Baby Chomby in the Guild Hall...
+ Comic Caption:
A Chomby gets a hold of a Paintbrush or two!
+ Comic Haiku:
A Kougra gets in trouble with the Lab Ray...
+ Design a Restaurant:
Build your very own Neopian Eatery!

Featured Artist for May 2015

Deegoes

Congratulations to Dee, our featured writer for this month! Her entry for last month's Build a Restaurant activity was extremely well thought out and her enthusiasm for writing is contagious. Whatever she comes up with keeps you hooked and we can see that almost every idea she has has been well planned and developed! We're hoping she keeps building up her ski11s and giving us more to read in the years to come - well done!

Monthly Activities

Currently The Writer's Block is focusing on activities that revolve monthly. Below is a quick navigation to our ongoing activities for this month. To suggest or host activities for The Writer's Block, please contact Faith.



What's Going On?

Design A...

Rules for Activities

Disclaimer: All entries will be placed in our Archives - if you would prefer your entry to remain confidential and have submitted it purely for feedback purposes, please let Faith know in your Neomail. All requests will be honoured.

  • Submit all answers in the format as requested in the Activity Specific Rules, shown next to the activity description.
  • All Guild Activities have been designed for fun! Winners will not be rewarded Neopian items, Neopoints or any kind of monetary valuables.
  • Follow all of Neopet's rules and keep things fun. Any writing found to be malicious, lewd or otherwise offensive/rule breaking could result in guild membership termination.
  • Feedback will be given on request and at the editor's discretion. Any issues or concerns should be raised with the Guild Leaders, Dee or Angel.
  • What's Going On?

    Activity Specific Rules

    Petpage or Neomail entry.
    (If entries exceeds 1 NM, please place on Petpage.)
    One submission per person, per prompt.

    Deadline: May 29th 2015

    Mail all entries to Faith.

    Using a prompt below, tell us as creatively as you can what is going on(?)! This can be the events leading up to the prompt, the prompt itself or what happened afterwards (or a combination!). Use whatever format you like - story, caption, poem, interpretive dance (good luck Neomailing that entry!) or any other creative writing you can think of. You can enter multiple prompts if you wish.

    View last month's entries at our
    Archive.



    Prompt 1:

    There has been an accident at the Shelter! Somehow a cloud full of Rainbow Fountain water has just rained all over the pets waiting to be adopted. It's utter chaos as pets named "Cute Little Snuggle Pumpkin" have been turned Darigan!

    Prompt 2:

    The guild is suffering a curse,
    Although I think it could be worse!
    We must figure out what's gone wrong,
    Speaking in poems as we go along.
    It could be rhyme, limerick or haiku;
    The type of poem is up to you!

    Prompt 3:

    Here's a comic from our very own Artist's Easel!


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    Design A...

    Activity Specific Rules

    Petpage Entry
    One submission per person.

    Deadline: May 29th 2015

    Mail all entries to Faith.

    TREASURE HUNT! Have you ever taken part in a Treasure Hunt? One where you get given a clue and have to go to or do whatever that clue says, where there's another clue, and so on and so forth? And at the end there's a reward, like a huge stash of chocolate?

    Well, even if you haven't, now's your chance to design your very own Treasure Hunt! It can be made however you want, using a mixture of written and visual clues if you wish. At the end there must be a hypothetical reward (no actual items/NP etc please!) for those who complete it. Make it as long or as short as you want! Please keep it Neo-Related.

    View last month's entries at our
    Archive.

    Ongoing Activities

    Ongoing Activities require no deadline or are a part of a continuing series. Below is a quick navigation to our ongoing activities. To suggest or host activities for The Writer's Block, please contact Faith.



    Neopian Times Aides

    Develop a Plot

    Build a Character

    Rules for Activities

    Disclaimer: All entries will be placed in our Archives - if you would prefer your entry to remain confidential and have submitted it purely for feedback purposes, please let Faith know in your Neomail. All requests will be honoured.

  • Submit all answers in the format as requested in the Activity Specific Rules, shown next to the activity description.
  • All Guild Activities have been designed for fun! Winners will not be rewarded Neopian items, Neopoints or any kind of monetary valuables.
  • Follow all of Neopet's rules and keep things fun. Any writing found to be malicious, lewd or otherwise offensive/rule breaking could result in guild membership termination.
  • Feedback will be given on request and at the editor's discretion. Any issues or concerns should be raised with the Guild Leaders, Dee or Angel.
  • Neopian Times Aides

    Pining for that Neopian Times trophy? Want to see your creative writing piece published? Plan to wow your friends with a surprise entry? Then the Neopian Times Aides at The Faerie Shelter are here to help! We've collected a few helpful guild members who have been published themselves (or simply love to write) and know the ins and outs of success with the Neopian Times!

    Tips for being published:

  • The Secret Rule Book is a great guide for getting published, especially for story content do's and don't's in regards to the Neo Times! - TFS Staff
  • We found a Neopian Times Article on how to be successfully published! Worth a read for any submission queries - TFS Staff
  • Short stories for the Neo Times need to have a strong plot and conclusion to make up for their length, ensuring the reader is captivated throughout - Faith
  • Always ALWAYS proofread your work a few times. Even better, get a friend to proofread for you. The Neo Times will fix any major issues, but you don't want something you could've fixed being published - Faith

  • Want to enter your own tips for being published? Neomail Faith with your tip to be added today!



    Official TFS Neopian Times Aides

    The generous users below have offered a lending hand and ear to help you become a published Neopian Times writer. Feel free to ask any and all questions you may have. Please remember, they are not here to collaborate or write an article for you.

    Username Speciality # of Publications
    faithful_jewel - Faith Stories/Proofreading 2 Short Stories
    deegoes - Dee Development/Proofreading None, yet!
    Volunteer now! Comics? Articles? Stories? # Comics/Articles/Stories

    Want to offer your personal expertise as a Neopian Time Aide? Neomail Faith to volunteer!



    Develop a Plot

    Activity Specific Rules

    Neomail/Petpage entry (depending on length).
    If considered not Neo friendly (Example: horror) Neomail Faith to discuss before submitting.
    No limit on submissions.

    Deadline: N/A

    Mail all entries to Faith.

    Do you have the perfect idea for a story in your head but you just can't get the plot to flow? Each month, we will release a new step to help make your plot memorable and the perfect base for any story.

    Although there are no deadlines listed, we expect each step to take no longer than one month. This allows adequate time to perfect your piece.

    Below is a navigation that will help you jump to the step you're currently working on. To view completed steps by fellow guildmates, please visit our Archives.

  • Step 1: Story Goal.
  • Step 2: Coming June of 2015
  • Step 3: Coming July of 2015
  • Step 4: Coming August of 2015
  • Step 5: Coming September of 2015

    Step One: Story Goal

    This month we are focussing on the Story Goal. This is as simple as it sounds, but it is possibly the most important part of your plot. It's what the story is all about!

    We will list a few questions that, by answering, will help you develop your story goal for step one of your plot.

    1: Who is your protagonist (main character)? 2: What does your protagonist want to achieve or the problem they want to resolve? (this is the story goal!)
    3: Why does your protagonist want to achieve this goal/solve this problem? 4: How does this goal/problem affect the story world/other characters?

    Step Two: Coming Soon...

    Step Two will arrive on June 01, 2015.

    Step Three: Coming Soon...

    Step Two will arrive on July 01, 2015.

  • Build a Character

    Activity Specific Rules

    Petpage entry.
    No limit on submissions as long as they're different pets.

    Deadline: N/A

    Mail all entries to Faith.

    Would you like to develop the perfect character for your pet(s)? Every month, we will release a new step to help build the perfect character! For the best results, every step should be completed.

    Although there are no deadlines listed, we expect each step to take no longer than one month. This allows adequate time to perfect your piece.

    Below is a navigation that will help you jump to the step you're currently working on. To view completed steps by fellow guildmates, please visit our Archives.

  • Step 1: Identity.
  • Step 2: Coming June of 2015
  • Step 3: Coming July of 2015
  • Step 4: Coming August of 2015
  • Step 5: Coming September of 2015

    Step One: Identity

    This month we are focussing on your pet's identity. This is the basis for all other character steps to follow - who your pet is. Are they a thieving rogue; an honourable knight; a dainty Usuki girl; a carefree teenager; or something else entirely? What this is is completely up to you!

    By answering these questions, it should help you build your pet's identity, figuring out who they are and touching on why they are like that. As the steps move on, you are encouraged to review and possibly edit this step as the character will develop when you look into it in more depth!

    1: What is your pet like? (eg, docile, cynical, Usuki's no.1 fan) 2: What isn't your pet like? (eg, patient, a meat eater, a fan of Quigukis)
    3: How does this equate to a temperament? (such as their normal moods or how they react to situations) 4: How do other pets perceive your pet? (base this on their temperament etc)
    5: How does your pet enforce their personality? (eg, lecturing people on Usukis, refusing to help others due to lack of patience) 6: Is this a true representation of their identity? (are they hiding something or trying to be someone they're not?)

    Step Two: Coming Soon...

    Step Two will arrive on June 01, 2015.

  • Archive

    Below is a list of all of the activities that have happened at The Faerie Shelter's Writer's Block. Clicking on each month will direct you to a new page for loading convenience. At that location, feel free to browse all the entries submitted for the corresponding month. Please enjoy browsing your fellow guildmates submissions!

    2015

    November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015
    July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015

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