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February ’24 Writing Challenge – Archetype Antics

A pirate and a ninja run for president. You know, that familiar scene?

The Dark Lord and the Hero, the Veteran and the Rookie, an Innocent Bystander and a Hardened Criminal. Familiar archetypes and tropes.

Plenty of normal and expected scenarios exist where similar or opposing archetypes have to work together, or opposite one another. But, what happens when you mix up said archetypes and scenarios? Chaos ensues, that’s what!

For this challenge, the goal is to use the Archetype Gen to procure your main characters and see what stories you can weave involving them. You have a choice; either you can take the provided characters and come up with a scenario on your own, or, if you like pain, you can take one of the scenarios suggested by the Archetype Gen itself.

Can you write a story like that?

Challenge Specs:

  1. Archetype Gen (Unlimited rerolls): Use this Gen to establish the main characters for your story. They can be friends, family or strangers to each other. You can use any of the 4 options; Scenario might be especially useful.

For an additional challenge, try using these words or themes in your story: Fools and Orderly

Your task: write a story of at least 10,000 words by the end of the month.

Submitting your story:

Be sure to include the generated results where possible so that we can see what you were working with. Please include a name with your story (real or a username) and age (or age range), and let me know if you’re happy for me to share/quote your story. (Your story belongs to you though; I’m not going to run off with it! :D)

You must mention whether your story is NSFW or includes sensitive themes, gore/violence, etc. Give your story an age rating if necessary!

Sharing your story:

Upload your story to your preferred service then share the URL. Post the link on your social media accounts and include the hashtag #RangenWritingChallenge, so the world can read your story! Don’t forget to tag me!

@Ameronis on Twitter and Tumblr,

@AmeronisRanGen on Facebook, Instagram and Wattpad, and

u/Ameronis_RanGen on Reddit

Don’t know what service to use?

Use your cloud storage services like OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox if you’re already signed up to them.

Try file-sharing services like WeTransfer.com, File Dropper.com, Easyupload.io, Mediafire for registration-free simple file uploads.  Be mindful that some sites have a time limit for the URL before it expires.

Or, use content-sharing sites like Wattpad, Tumblr, Commaful if you’d like to upload AND share with the world at the same time.

Don’t have a social media account?

No problem; just upload your story using one of the methods outlined above, then send me the link directly via the Disqus comments, or the Contact form below with “RanGen Writing Challenge” in the message.

Get writing!

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