Joylife wrote:Sure glad I found the writer's challenge topic on the forum. Unfortunately I have entered two challenges before I found this info. Guess this is advice for new members - be sure and look for more information, besides the rules, concerning any contest/challenge you enter. I am a member of another writing site and their rules are the exact words of the prompt must be used in your article. Of course this is my mistake to mix the two and I like that you can enter without exact wording. So I did not give myself the liberty to get away from "cats" as being the topic. Even though I didn't use the exact wording of the topic I definitely experienced "cat mentality" this week. The forum has some great information and is very helpful.
Generally, the topic is considered a prompt
--it's more important that your entry convey the meaning and intent of the prompt rather than the actual words. Of course, you may
use the actual words of the prompt, but it's not an absolute requirement.
For example, one quarter quite a while ago had emotions as prompts: happy, disappointed, embarrassed, angry,
etc. It would be possible to write an entire story about a person's embarrassment or anger without using those actual words.
Another time, the prompts were common proverbs--for example, "A man is known by the company he keeps." The best entries were those that conveyed the meaning
of each proverb without actually using those specific words. In fact, if I remember correctly, entrants were told NOT to use those words in their entries.
I'm glad you've found the forums, and I hope you'll enjoy exploring a bit more and getting to know the members here!