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WK 6 Topic - VANITY

Post by Deb Porter » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:40 pm

Only this topic before we take a breather for a week, so don’t miss entering. The Week 6 topic is:


“You're so vain …” to use the words of Carly Simon (and no, it wasn’t written about Warren Beatty, but it does have Mick Jagger singing backing vocals).

A Nepalese saying is, “Vanity blossoms but bares no fruit.”

And “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity,” says the Preacher in Ecclesiastes 1.

It is a truly selfless person who doesn’t have at least a skerick of vanity.


“Vanity is an excessive pride in one’s appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc.”

It may also refer to something “worthless, trivial, or pointless.”

To kick home the meaning even more, a cosmetic or toiletry case was once commonly referred to as a “vanity case.” Ouch.

In some countries (like Australia), a bathroom setting of sink and cupboards/drawers is referred to as a vanity. Perhaps following on from the vanity case. I wouldn’t recommend using this, unless there is some human vanity connected to it.

Last of all, it is also an adjective for a showcase of one’s own talents. This is where we get the term “vanity press” when referring to a subsidy press publisher, and “vanity books” as the end product.

Have fun with the topic. You can write in any genre or style you like, AS LONG AS SOME MEANING OF THE TOPIC IS THE MAIN FOCUS OF YOUR ENTRY ... and as long as the entry conforms to the rules.

DON’T FORGET the new Challenge rule. Every entry must communicate some form of Christian message or spiritual truth. For fiction writers, if your message is subtle or allegorical, please include a scripture at the end of the entry in order to highlight the intended message for the reader.

As always, don't forget to check your word count before submitting (entries must be between 150 and 750 words). A very reliable and free online word count check tool is this one:


PLEASE, always hit the preview button to check your entry before hitting the final submit button. This is the only way to make sure your entry is uploaded correctly. This is very important, particularly if you are using HTML code for the first time. Once you have previewed your entry, close the preview page and hit the submit button.

Finally, once submitted, do a check to make sure your entry is safely in the list:

Remember, this is our last topic before a one-week break, so don’t miss out. It’s not a vanity to write for the Challenge.

Love, Deb
FaithWriters' Writing Challenge Co-ordinator
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