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"If the World Was a Movie," by Hannah Flores, winner of WTW's 2020 Spoken Word Competition

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  • The first weekly challenge in our new Writing Streak Challenge is up! Participate each day for a chance to be featured on our Instagram!
    8 minutes ago
  • Dear Write the World Writers,

    We’re so proud of the thoughtful, supportive community of young writers each of you has helped create here at Write the World. In order to ensure that we remain a welcoming place where every writer can grow and explore their craft, we’re making a few changes. 

    Write the World is dedicated  to providing a space for young writers to focus on the writing craft, as an alternative to the many social media options already available. In the past year at Write the World, there’s been an increase in the types of posts you would find on social media platforms, including Q&As, direct addresses to the community, and a decrease in focus on the writing craft. 

    Of course, connecting with like-minded peers is important for writers. So, in order to ensure our site is writing-focused, yet members still have the opportunity for connection, we’re implementing the following changes:
    • In order to encourage you to expand your writing portfolio and experiment with writing genres, all responses to the “Free Writing” prompt should fall into one of the following genre categories:
      • Fiction: examples include short stories, flash fiction, novel chapters
      • Nonfiction: narratives, explorations of craft, essays, journalism, creative nonfiction
      • Poetry: anything with meters, verse, etc
    • Social posts, including addresses to the Write the World community and Q&As will be removed. That is, if the piece isn’t a work of crafted writing it will be removed. 
    • Instead of user-run Q&As, you will now find a meet & greet prompt called Dust Jacket (permanently featured on the Start Writing page). This is a space for the community to share a bit about themselves. We will also, from time to time, post additional community prompts to inspire other forms of connection and sharing.
    • For your privacy and safety, we will remove your social handles. Your profile bio and message is the place to share information about your identity as a writer!
    • We’ve updated and clarified our site guidelines, and have posted them next to the “Freewriting” link for easy reference.
    We hope these changes will support your writing practice—we’ll make adjustments as necessary to keep ensuring WtW is a supportive, writing-focused platform for all members! 

    Happy Writing! 
    The Write the World Team
    3 days ago
  • This week's Wednesday Words pick is the thought-provoking poem Non-reflective by AbbyMayHampsen (US). Listen to her read it here!
    4 days ago
  • CONGRATS to Samina (India) and Writing4Life (Australia) for completing all 14 of our weekly Writing Streak Challenges! Mark your calendars, because a new series of writing streak challenges starts next Monday, July 13.
    6 days ago
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chrysanthemums&ink (United States) liked eclipse by elliemccul (Canada)

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elliemccul (Canada) published:

eclipse

FREE WRITING

i’d take tea with the gods
if they would listen
spill liquified moons into delicate china teacups
and we will choke on tears woven from gossamer

what a bitter heart, my dear
dandelions coat my tongue with tuscany yellow
i shiver in the moon’s glittering penumbra
as we paint waxing crescents across the sky

Seeking Peer Reviews

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Wisp (United States) liked okay wtw, i followed your rules. (answers) by Jasmine_K (United States)

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Lata.B (United States) liked Society of the Fallen | #totallynotacomp2 by Wisp (United States)

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1

Wisp (United States) published:

Society of the Fallen | #totallynotacomp2

FREE WRITING

I remember staring at blank walls, 
rain drenching me with tears of the fearful, 
ink smeared pages scattered around me, soiled 
I remember the wolves around me, wearing sheep's clothing 
wrapping me in their embrace, poisoning me with a bite 
a chain tied to my hands, letting me watch as 
my ink smeared pages tore in two. 

I remember walking through the night, 
heartbreak in my heart, aching for my fallen dreams, 
tears trickling as I carried my torn pages. 
...

Seeking Peer Reviews

17 minutes ago

5

Dmoral (United States) published:

toxic relationships are all we know: mutualism

FREE WRITING


(her)
i think my body’s an illusion
'cause whenever i'm with you it's like each thought evaporates
as my  body consumes you as though you're my everything;
and love, you are & that's the problem, since i only knew
this true, when i realized i loved starting fights with you.

and every word you spit at me, simply landed at my feet, 
though, i never knew why i picked them up as though
they were jewels, shoving them down...
Seeking Peer Reviews

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Lata.B (United States) liked it's the "I" that I believe by a.tak (United States)

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mia_:) (United States) liked okay wtw, i followed your rules. (answers) by Jasmine_K (United States)

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Published Writing

3

elliemccul (Canada) published:

eclipse

FREE WRITING

i’d take tea with the gods
if they would listen
spill liquified moons into delicate china teacups
and we will choke on tears woven from gossamer

what a bitter heart, my dear
dandelions coat my tongue with tuscany yellow
i shiver in the moon’s glittering penumbra
as we paint waxing crescents across the sky

Seeking Peer Reviews

10 minutes ago

1

Wisp (United States) published:

Society of the Fallen | #totallynotacomp2

FREE WRITING

I remember staring at blank walls, 
rain drenching me with tears of the fearful, 
ink smeared pages scattered around me, soiled 
I remember the wolves around me, wearing sheep's clothing 
wrapping me in their embrace, poisoning me with a bite 
a chain tied to my hands, letting me watch as 
my ink smeared pages tore in two. 

I remember walking through the night, 
heartbreak in my heart, aching for my fallen dreams, 
tears trickling as I carried my torn pages. 
...

Seeking Peer Reviews

17 minutes ago

5

Dmoral (United States) published:

toxic relationships are all we know: mutualism

FREE WRITING


(her)
i think my body’s an illusion
'cause whenever i'm with you it's like each thought evaporates
as my  body consumes you as though you're my everything;
and love, you are & that's the problem, since i only knew
this true, when i realized i loved starting fights with you.

and every word you spit at me, simply landed at my feet, 
though, i never knew why i picked them up as though
they were jewels, shoving them down...
Seeking Peer Reviews

22 minutes ago

4

a.tak (United States) published:

it's the "I" that I believe

PROMPT: This I Believe

soft lips purse together to kiss the P
tailcoats and top hats roll the R
the bite of nervousness silently screams the F
broken glass scattered as if they were the fragments of life slur the E's
gold-rimmed balconies overlooking a vast stage sing the C
under the cloud mobile, a new crib while she hushes the T and the I
when the beep of the heart monitor dies and sighs the final N
Perfection.

together, they create the sweet...

32 minutes ago

13
1

chrysanthemums&ink (United States) published:

bastards do not fear summer or drifting diseases | tw: light mentions of death/current events

FREE WRITING


they tell you to fear summer: 

the haze of spittle glossing tinted car windows, sweaty arms hooking haphazardly through sand-stained shoulders, spearmint breaths mingling in the midair, and lip locked scoundrels drawing taut fingers across bare collarbones.

you think it is a testament to your bravery. you do not fear summer. summer fears you.

so again, you share a dirty straw with your best friend, sucking up the last bit of common sense you had left, dusty thumb painting your phone...
Seeking Peer Reviews

34 minutes ago

5

Dmoral (United States) published:

beauty is pain // death

FREE WRITING


they told me- beauty is pain
but my daddy liked to say:
                                                       true beauty won’t fit in the palm
                                                                         of any man.
yes, those words i remember most.

growing up consisted of three things:
i. learning
            to survive while questioning everything.
ii. loving
            this was easy, yet so drastically unbecoming.
iii. hurting
            so much hurting.

and i learned to count blessings
as though they’re stars; yet, i only
have so many & the...
Seeking Peer Reviews

39 minutes ago

V-Rose (United States) published:

Death's Tales: Chapter 11

FREE WRITING

I wasn’t going to school. Rumors would be traveling around about what had happened to the librarian and I couldn’t risk getting upset about it. The night before had already been a disaster. So I just sat on my bed, my legs crossed in front of me. School was supposed to start in five minutes.

It was stupid--so stupid--to let Micheal see me get so upset. I kept waiting for a call saying he was in the hospital or that...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 hour ago

1

Daisy + Sage (Australia) published:

My greatest confessions (need feedback!) (draft 2)

PROMPT: Letter Writing Competition 2020

Dear Mother,

I know that it has been a long time since I last tried to speak to you. Indeed, for many days I have tried to ignore you, even as a longing for you has obstructed my every breath. A part of me still wants that, but I cannot breathe any more. I need to tell you the things that I will never get to whisper into your ear, confess that which is beginning to rip me apart, even...
Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 hour ago

Lata.B (United States) published:

Forbidden Love

FREE WRITING

The sky was filled with the color of love, and the trees swayed in the romantic breeze. They blindly walked down 15th street to a lonely park.  
He quickly wiped his sweaty palms onto his pants and tried to look less worried. What he was about to do was very risky even for him. His heart was on the line. She tried to fix her silky brown hair, but the wind was tangling it with excitement.  
It was time. 
“Hey Angel,” he said in a shaky voice "I actually wanted to ask...

about 1 hour ago

13

The Moving Finger Writes (United States) published:

Perception

FREE WRITING

The artist loves the sun. It shines with every color imaginable, and when his yellow paint runs out he takes its light, dips his brush and makes the world glow. He paints clouds around it and birds around it, pencils shadows with the gentlest of touches, but hide it? Never. It is the only thing keeping him on this side of sanity. 

The artist loves the sea. His hand draws ocean waves in blue and green and silver,...
Seeking Peer Reviews

about 2 hours ago

Seeking Reviews

3

elliemccul (Canada) published:

eclipse

FREE WRITING

i’d take tea with the gods
if they would listen
spill liquified moons into delicate china teacups
and we will choke on tears woven from gossamer

what a bitter heart, my dear
dandelions coat my tongue with tuscany yellow
i shiver in the moon’s glittering penumbra
as we paint waxing crescents across the sky

Seeking Peer Reviews

10 minutes ago

1

Wisp (United States) published:

Society of the Fallen | #totallynotacomp2

FREE WRITING

I remember staring at blank walls, 
rain drenching me with tears of the fearful, 
ink smeared pages scattered around me, soiled 
I remember the wolves around me, wearing sheep's clothing 
wrapping me in their embrace, poisoning me with a bite 
a chain tied to my hands, letting me watch as 
my ink smeared pages tore in two. 

I remember walking through the night, 
heartbreak in my heart, aching for my fallen dreams, 
tears trickling as I carried my torn pages. 
...

Seeking Peer Reviews

17 minutes ago

5

Dmoral (United States) published:

toxic relationships are all we know: mutualism

FREE WRITING


(her)
i think my body’s an illusion
'cause whenever i'm with you it's like each thought evaporates
as my  body consumes you as though you're my everything;
and love, you are & that's the problem, since i only knew
this true, when i realized i loved starting fights with you.

and every word you spit at me, simply landed at my feet, 
though, i never knew why i picked them up as though
they were jewels, shoving them down...
Seeking Peer Reviews

22 minutes ago

13
1

chrysanthemums&ink (United States) published:

bastards do not fear summer or drifting diseases | tw: light mentions of death/current events

FREE WRITING


they tell you to fear summer: 

the haze of spittle glossing tinted car windows, sweaty arms hooking haphazardly through sand-stained shoulders, spearmint breaths mingling in the midair, and lip locked scoundrels drawing taut fingers across bare collarbones.

you think it is a testament to your bravery. you do not fear summer. summer fears you.

so again, you share a dirty straw with your best friend, sucking up the last bit of common sense you had left, dusty thumb painting your phone...
Seeking Peer Reviews

34 minutes ago

5

Dmoral (United States) published:

beauty is pain // death

FREE WRITING


they told me- beauty is pain
but my daddy liked to say:
                                                       true beauty won’t fit in the palm
                                                                         of any man.
yes, those words i remember most.

growing up consisted of three things:
i. learning
            to survive while questioning everything.
ii. loving
            this was easy, yet so drastically unbecoming.
iii. hurting
            so much hurting.

and i learned to count blessings
as though they’re stars; yet, i only
have so many & the...
Seeking Peer Reviews

39 minutes ago

V-Rose (United States) published:

Death's Tales: Chapter 11

FREE WRITING

I wasn’t going to school. Rumors would be traveling around about what had happened to the librarian and I couldn’t risk getting upset about it. The night before had already been a disaster. So I just sat on my bed, my legs crossed in front of me. School was supposed to start in five minutes.

It was stupid--so stupid--to let Micheal see me get so upset. I kept waiting for a call saying he was in the hospital or that...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 hour ago

1

Daisy + Sage (Australia) published:

My greatest confessions (need feedback!) (draft 2)

PROMPT: Letter Writing Competition 2020

Dear Mother,

I know that it has been a long time since I last tried to speak to you. Indeed, for many days I have tried to ignore you, even as a longing for you has obstructed my every breath. A part of me still wants that, but I cannot breathe any more. I need to tell you the things that I will never get to whisper into your ear, confess that which is beginning to rip me apart, even...
Seeking Peer Reviews

about 1 hour ago

13

The Moving Finger Writes (United States) published:

Perception

FREE WRITING

The artist loves the sun. It shines with every color imaginable, and when his yellow paint runs out he takes its light, dips his brush and makes the world glow. He paints clouds around it and birds around it, pencils shadows with the gentlest of touches, but hide it? Never. It is the only thing keeping him on this side of sanity. 

The artist loves the sea. His hand draws ocean waves in blue and green and silver,...
Seeking Peer Reviews

about 2 hours ago

3

lindsmariebuck (United States) published:

A Collection Of Letters Never Sent (Please Review Or Comment)

PROMPT: Letter Writing Competition 2020

Letter 1: Last Letter to Aunt Merinda

Dear Aunt Merinda,

I've thought a lot about what I should say in this letter, considering it will be my last. I've written it more than once.

I didn't know you wrote poetry until someone said something about it at your funeral. I didn't like the speaker at your funeral. I didn't like how he told us that it would all be okay, how we should celebrate the times we had with you,...
Seeking Peer Reviews

about 2 hours ago

4

Samina (India) published:

last two months have made me a changed human being (URGENT FEEDBACK PLEASE <3)

FREE WRITING

coating my hands with this alcoholic based liquid
breathing into the quietness
when what I smell is miasma, the stench
trying to undo and wash away my sins
humans didn’t care,
appreciate the bliss, 
now it’s a nightmare
this alcohol-based sanitizer,
went beyond the skin
to clear away those sins
now we cherish those days
when we had the freedom
now we appreciate that
when we’re stuck in a cage
distances bought us closer
the mask is worn to filter...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 2 hours ago