Literary Topics

Literary Topics

Postby Brian » Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:37 pm

Please remember: These are not REQUIRED topics, just ideas to help you get started on writing. Also note, the month next to the challenge isn't when you have to write it, it's just there for identification. When writing to a Literary topic, please note in either the subject or on the first line what topic you are writing to.

  • January 2015) Everyone got here somehow. What was the hardest part of the journey to Quarry Creek (as it exists now) for your character?
  • February 2015) Back home. Maybe you miss the area while it was wild, or you left family back on the East Coast. Write to or about where you came from.
  • March 2015) Your Future. What does your future look like, now that you've reached Quarry Creek?
  • March 2015 Part 2) Your first. Whatever first you like - it could be your first swig of whisky, your first love, or your first trip to San Francisco.
  • April 2015) Now that's funny. Give us something that really and truly amused your character. It doesn't have to be recent history, it can be some time decades ago (or in some cases, maybe even centuries) - or even just a thought about the future.
  • May 2015) - Why it's worth it. When the going gets tough, you need something to motivate you. Why do you stick around when the worst monsters come out to play?
  • May 2015 Part 2) - Irony. Not misfortune, but an outcome that was contrary to the intention.
  • June 2015) - The day after the storm. You survived the storm. There will be another one day, but for now you can breathe. What do you do?
  • July 2015) - Independence. Define independence from the perspective of your character. Whether it's of the nation, for the self, or of your people, there's something that your character comprehends as independence.
  • August 2015) - Trouble. When trouble came knocking, how did your character weasel out of it? Or did they face the music despite any risks that might have come with that?
  • September 2015) - A taste of destruction. Everyone has broken something in their life. Whether they destroyed someone's hopes, crushed an anthill, or burned a building to its foundation, what was your character's view on the first destruction they recall being responsible for? How do they feel about it now?
  • October 2015) - Campfire tales. Whether this is your story, a story you told, or a story told to you; a story about a heroic deed, horror and monsters, or just a tall tale, tell us your character's chosen campfire story for the month of October.
  • November 2015) - Pride. Some folk are proud of what they've become, others of the things they have, others just to be part of a great nation. Feel free to boast a bit here!
  • December 2015) - Metal. I've been reading books that focus around it - sorry. Even in the real world, though, metal is more than just a shiny rock. It's the force that started the Gold Rush, the material used to create the railways, to bolt ships together, to build a more durable world. What has metal done for your character?
  • January 2016) - The biting cold - We all know it's been cold! Imagine what it was like without real heaters and insulated glass windows. We all have the ability to escape the cold, even if we go camping mid-winter. Let's talk damn cold.
  • January 2016 part 2) - Change - When things weren't working right, how did you go about changing it? Did you change the world, or change yourself? How did it all come together?
  • February 2016) - Silence - whether you only find it in your sleep, whether your world fills with it some days, or whether it's simply something you seek at times to focus on yourself, how does silence impact your character?
  • March 2016) - (Ir)responsibility - Some of our characters are incredibly responsible, and others less so. What does your character do with their responsible side? How does/has responsibility impacted them?
  • March 2016 part 2) - Blood - this is a little late in coming. With the scent of blood in the air from session 2.4, with how critical it is to the vampires, how delectable to the shifters, how it must be missed by the Wraiths and how alien it is to the Gaians, it has meaning to everyone. Give me your story of blood.
  • April 2016) - Rain - we all had a crazy ride this last game with the insanely heavy rain, falling trees, and a few "please stay in doors" requests during the worst of it all. This literary doesn't have to be about that particular storm, but about those drops of water falling from the sky.
  • April 2016 Part 2) - Ritual - this can be any kind of ritual, from mystical, to morning, to mourning. How does this ritual impact the character; does it make them feel something specific? Or maybe it provides something they need to keep moving?
  • May 2016) - Pain - There are all kinds of pain, from your very first scrape to losing a limb to losing the love of your life. Show us that pain, whether it be your character's first true pain, that "10" on the scale, or what happened when they came down from shock.
  • May 2016 part 2) - Healing - Every wound heals with time. Tell about a time your character healed, what that struggle entailed, and how they draw on that power.
  • June 2016) - Detachment - The World of Darkness is full of this, and it's in the real world as well. Vampires who realize that in order to save their lovers they have to step away from them. Werewolves who run from their families to protect them from their rage. Wraiths who have lost family generations ago. Mortals who are estranged from their families. Always, though, there's a reason, and you insulate yourself from the pain. What's your story?
  • July 2016) - BANG - Guns and dynamite and nitro, oh my. Whether your character remembers the first time they heard a gunshot and ran away as a wolf, felt the ringing in their ears as they stood near where a tunnel was being blasted, or stood to protect a family as that terrible sound rang out, tell us about that explosive sound.
  • August 2016) - Perfection - Many seek to attain it, some have felt it if only for a fleeting moment. What is perfection? How does perfection impact your character?
  • September 2016) - Dawn - All things have a beginning. The dawn of a new day, whether that be literal or figurative. Describe what that dawn means to you.
  • September 2016 Part 2) - A lasting impression. Not just a change, but something that comes to mind often as your character continues to experience the world around them. Who or what left a lasting impression behind for you.
  • October 2016) - Shiny Rocks - California is the golden state. Tell us about our favorite shiny Rock in the Dark Prospects setting.
  • October 2016 Part 2) - Unlikely Teamwork - With all of the crazy stuff going on right now, we're seeing a good deal of unlikely teamwork heating up in game. It doesn't have to be related to the current events at game, but tell us about an unusual and unlikely team-up your character has had.
  • November 2016) Gratefulness - Describe a time when your character felt grateful toward another being - whether it be flesh and blood, or spiritual.
  • December 2016) Drawing Conclusions - whether correct or incorrect, a conclusion drawn well before the truth actually came through.
  • December 2016 Part 2) Tall Tales - It's time to exaggerate as we end the year! Most stories are anchored in reality, but end up exaggerating further and further as time goes on. In the West, exaggeration comes far more quickly; Time to be a hero!
  • January 2017 Part 1) Domestic Animals - How has your character handled interactions with pets or livestock? If they can't interact with them anymore for some reason (like an internal Beast), do they miss it?
  • January 2017 Part 2) Wild Beasts - They're everywhere outside of the cities. Some drive our primal fears, some pique our interests. Tell us about your character's experiences with wild animals.
  • February 2017) The Flood - So we've done rain before, but we're not just talking rain here. We're talking the goddamn FLOOD.
  • March 2017 Part 1) The Night - Many characters in our world are creatures of the night. What does the night mean to your character?
  • March 2017 part 2) The Day - To some it's safety, to some terrifying, to some just a novelty. What does day mean to your character?
  • April 2017 Destruction - One of the Triat. The final death. Shatterings. Oblivion. Give us a story of sheer destruction your character has experienced.
  • May 2017 part 1) Creation - Has your character been responsible for any creation, great or small? Tell us about it.
  • May 2017 part 2) Stasis - The more things change, the more they stay the same - what is a that piece of normalcy your character clings to or expects.
  • June 2017) Art - how do creative forces impact your character?
  • July 2017) Magic - Many of us run around with magic powers. Others believe that they've seen magic when all they have seen are tricks. Tell us about your experience with real magic - something you just can't explain.
  • August 2017 part 1) Failure - Nobody is right all the time. Nobody succeeds at everything they do. Tell us how your character failed. What was the impact?
  • August 2017 part 2) Success - You made it! Let's hear about it.
  • September 2017) Being Alone - whether it was your choice or not, everyone ends up alone from time to time. Let's talk.
  • October 2017 Part 1) Ancestors - Those who came before you - whether it's a vampire's sire, a human's mother, a spirit ancestor, or whatever it is - how did your ancestors influence you?
  • October 2017 part 2) Descendents - How do you plan to influence the next generation? What legacy do you intend to leave behind?
  • November 2017) The Fall Season - This one's pretty self explanatory - when the leaves begin to fall. Does the fall season make you happy? Sad? Does it encourage you? Does it remind you of a time in your past? What does Fall do for you?
  • December 2017 Part 1) Luck - Remember that time that guy caught a bullet in his teeth? Damn that was lucky - what about you? Gotten lucky?
  • December 2017 part 2) Misfortune - With the good comes the bad. When your luck failed what became of you?
  • January 2018 part 1) The Peak - Physical or metiphorical - the high point.
  • January 2018 part 2) The Base - Physical or metiphorical - the low point.
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Re: Literary Topics

Postby Brian » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:39 pm

If you have ideas for literary topics you'd like to see, please feel free to send them this way - No promises, but I'm open to ideas :)
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Re: Literary Topics

Postby Brian » Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:57 pm

New lit topics all the way up to January 2018!
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Re: Literary Topics

Postby Lindsay » Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:01 pm

Any chance of a new topic? We haven't had one since January!
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