Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Announcing the Rule Of Three Blogfest October 2011 (now closed)

Grab your badge! The Rule Of Three Blogfest is here! Brought to you in conjunction with fellow writers/bloggers Damyanti Biswas, Stuart Nager, and J.C. Martin , we hope this will be a fun and creative writing project. Details and linky are below. It's a lot of information, I know; there will tabs at the top of my blog for dedicated pages containing this information, updates, and a list of featured authors who have donated e-books for one of the prizes. Now, on to the nitty gritty.


The Rule of Three Blogfest:
A. What is the Rule of Three?
The "rule of three" is a principle in writing that suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things. The reader/audience of this form of text is also more likely to consume information if it is written in groups of threes. A series of three is often used to create a progression in which the tension is created, then built up, built up even more, and finally released. –Wikipedia

B. How does the Rule of Three work in this blogfest?

The Rule of Three is a month-long fiction blogfest, where we’ve created a ‘world’, the town of Renaissance, and challenged you to create a story within it. The story will feature 3 characters of your creation, who will be showcased on your blog on 3 different Wednesdays, following the Rule of Three. The 4th Wednesday, we’ll have the culminating scene.
C. What is the Shared World of Rule of Three?
This is the town of Renaissance, where all of our stories will take place.
An outpost town in the middle of nowhere, but many routes (the TARGE, KRIS, and VILLEIN are the largest of routes, but not the only ones) pass through or by the town. The CHIAVONA desert is encroaching on one side (to the West), a once lush forest (the CULDEES) lies to the East and South. A large river, the ESPADON, runs through the forest of ASSART to the north, but it is not close by. The ROUNDELI Mountains are to the North, far, far away, and when you look towards them you don’t know if they are an illusion or not. Closer by are the smaller hill chain, the MAIN GAUCHE and the MINOR GAUCHE, that fed the mining, creating caverns (the KASTANES) and passages (one particular passage is known as HERIOT'S PASS) which lie underground.
At this point in time, there is a general population of 333. A mixture of a community. It boasts families that have lived there for generations upon generations, but they are in the minority, and are not in positions of power. There are traders who have come back here, at the end of their many travails, to settle in. The new families and power players have taken this as a last refuge for themselves, hoping to rebuild lives torn apart on the way here.
The town has had a number of identities throughout it’s history: A trading post; a mining town; a ghost town until it was rediscovered; a thriving community; the scene of a number of great battles; the scene of one great tragedy (that led to it’s Ghost Town standing); a town of great joys and celebrations, and so much more.
Welcome to Renaissance.
D. Writing Guidelines for the Rule of Three Blogfest:
  1. Your overall story can be in any genre, time period, or style you choose.
  1. You must have three characters (Rule of Three), but the relation between them is up to you.
  1. Every Wednesday, post a narrative fiction: story, poem, song lyric, play, monologue, soliloquy-- any style you choose to work in.
  1. Each Friday you will be given a broad writing prompt that will escalate the inner happenings of your story.
  1. Choose one of your characters to showcase that given week as the main protagonist for that posting. Of course, you can weave in your other characters as you see fit, but the main action/conflict or point of view should be the showcased character of the week.
  1. In the fourth week, give us your tour de force, a culmination of the story that will make us weep, weak at the knees, jump for joy, whatever...and know a writer’s job was done well.
  1. Upper limit for each post is 500-600 words max. 
D. We have Prizes!!!!!!

We as hosts will read all the posts and put up a shortlist of possible winners, and then hold a poll for votes on the shortlist to decide the winners and honorable mentions.

The prizes are:
1st prize: $ 50USD Amazon voucher
2nd prize: $ 10 USD and Guest posts or Interviews on the host blogs:
Stuart Nager@Tale Spinning            J.C. Martin@Fighter Writer

Lisa Vooght@Flash Fiction                Damyanti@Daily (w)rite

3rd prize: A bundle of the following e-books:

1.Michael Hicks,     "In Her Name: Empire"

2. Marcus Clearspring, "Walkabout Gnomes"
3. Alex J Cavanaugh, "Cassa Star"

4. S.L. Pierce, "The Hate", "The Devil's Game", "Secrets"

5. Faith Mortimer, "Echoes Of Life and Love"

6. Talli Roland, "Watching Willow Watts"

Honorable mentions will receive 1 e-book from among these 3

1. Damyanti Biswas, "A To Z Stories Of Life and Death"

2. J.C. Martin and Michelle Davidson Argyle, "Stories For Sendai",

3. Stuart Nager, "Dawn Of Indie Romance",

(For full information on all authors and books, click on the Featured Authors tab at top of blog.)

E. How to Sign up:
  1. Sign up at the Linky list below by the 3rd of October. Please do so only if you intend to write a story, and participate in the writers’ community, not because you want to promote a soap, a website, or a random electronic gadget. We promise to remove all spam and advertisements.
  1. Leave us a comment after you sign in. For instance, talk about which genre you want to write in, whether your Rule of Three story would feature characters from your current WIP or you would introduce us to new ones…anything at all about your plans for the blogfest

  1. Visit this blog or those of the other hosts tomorrow, or any time during the next week to find the first Rule of Three prompt.
  1. Please let us know if you’ve signed up but find yourself unable to write for the blogfest for some reason, so we can remove your link as a courtesy to everyone using the Linky list to visit the participants. Most visitors find it annoying to reach an irrelevant post by clicking a name on the Linky list.

  1. Schedule for prompts and posting: save these dates on your calendar!

Rule of Three 1st prompt 1st September

Rule of Three Part 1 (post) 5th October

Rule of Three 2nd prompt 7th October

Rule of Three Part 2 (post) 12th October

Rule of Three 3rd prompt 14th October

Rule of Three Part 3 (post) 19th October

Rule of Three 4th prompt 21st October

Rule of Three Part 4 (final post) 26th October

  1. Poll for shortlists will be up on 2nd November, and winners will be declared on the 11th of November.
  2. All the hosts would take part, but they will not win any prizes.

F. How to become part of The Rule of Three Blogfest Success:
    1. Place the Rule of Three badge on your sidebar.
  1. Post and/or tweet about the challenge in the weeks leading up to the Rule of Three. Spread the word on twitter with the Hashtag #REN3 .
  2. Throughout the blogfest, visit as many other entries as you can and give the entrants some comment love and suggestions.
We now declare the Rule of Three Blogfest open! Please visit us tomorrow for the first prompt, so you can plot the beginning of your Renaissance story following the Rule of Three!

9/7/11  Update: everyone who signs up for the Rule Of Three Blogfest will receive a copy of host J.C. Martin's horror novelette The Doll !


  1. Oh my what an incredible uber blogfest! Wowee! I will post about it on my blog.

  2. This is a brilliant idea. I can't wait to participate.

  3. I have this posted on my blogfest tab.

  4. Yay! I'm thrilled to be involved in the blogfest.

  5. Bummer, my Wednesdays are taken with the Insecure Writer's Support Group and guest posts next month. But I will plug this for you on Friday!

  6. @Madeleine - thank you for helping to promote! Hope to see your entry here...

    @Sarah - Yay, glad to see you! looking forward to what you come up with :-)

    @Summer - thank you for helping out and promoting!

    @Talli - thank you for helping out with your new book, and all of the encouragement you've given me in the past.

    @Alex, I know you're super busy, no pressure. But I think it would be OK if you wanted to post Thursday. We can be flexible. But that's only if you want to. And thanks for your help and all of your support in the past :-)

  7. This sounds really complicated. I'm tempted, but I think I'll pass this time around. Thanks anyway. Have fun with it! I'm sure you'll find a lot of bloggers to participate in such a cool event.


  8. @Joyce - I hope you'll change your mind! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. this is a good opportunity for bloggers... nice one!


    btw, have you check my post - A Day To Say Thank You!..

  10. Oh wow, Li. This sounds really interesting! I've never really thought to write fiction before (or even non-fiction really, I just like blogging!). But this sounds so interesting that I might even want to give it a try. regardless, I look forward to reading people's entries.

  11. OK..I am PSYCHED. Let's get this party started!! Emm and reads harder then it is: try it. 500 word story, once a week, for four weeks. Three characters, culminates in the fourth week. Boom. Done.

    I always say: better to try something then not. Rather have no "gee, I wish I had done...."

    btw..HI Li!!!!!

  12. @JJ - no I'm sorry I haven't been around as much as I'd like to - I'd say it's been 2 or 3 days, but I'll be over there when I can :-)

    @Emm - I think you should! I read your blog, as you know. You certainly have the ability; I really enjoy your descriptions and observations of London, especially its history and hidden places. Why not give fiction a shot? Heck, we don't specify where on earth (or in the galaxy for that matter) the town of Renaissance could very well be near London... :-))

    Hello Stu :-) I applaud your enthusiasm. :-))

  13. Thank you very much for your invitation and for your encouragement to participate in The Rule of Three Blogfest Success. But for me it is a difficult challenge. Anyway I will think about it, perhaps I can think of something.

  14. So glad I stumbled across this. What an awesome idea! I'm already signed up and working on my first post. Thanks for hosting.

  15. Oh goodness... such a good idea. This should get some creativity flowing. Plus I can't wait to see other peoples' entries!

  16. Hi Leovi, I'll keep in touch if you need any help, just ask :-)

    Hi TD! Welcome to the gang :-)

    Welcome S.B. - Just checked out your most recent blog entry, loved it :-)

  17. Okay, I'm signed up. I've never done a blogfest before. I feel like I should join that support group for insecure writers! This sounds really neat. And that you think I can do it is what made the difference in doing it or not. Thank you for thinking of me :-)

  18. My pleasure, Kwee. I think we all need a little support - and a little nudge - now and then. I really do think you'll enjoy this!

  19. I am in...I found you via #writecampaign and I will be thinking....'tis the first time I have done this so I am sure I will encounter confusion and that is an opportunity! :)

  20. Wow! I'm lucky number 50! I can't wait to get started - what a brilliant idea.

  21. Just signed up for this today. Can't believe I didn't stumble upon this sooner. Better start writing!

  22. This has been great fun. Thanks for all your work with your co hosts on this project.