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Friday, September 23, 2011


Okay, everyone...there's a new blogfest in town for the month of October. And we all know how I loves a good blogfest! So, join with me. Here's the deets:

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?
Renaissance is an outpost town in the middle of nowhere, but many routes pass through or beside it. The desert is encroaching on one side (to the West), a once-lush forest lies to the East and South. A large river runs through the forest, but it is not close to the town. Mountains are to the North, far, far away, and when you look towards them you don't know if they are an illusion or real. Closer by are the smaller hill chains that fed the mining, creating caverns and passages underground.
The town has had a number of identities throughout its 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 its Ghost Town standing); a town of great joys and celebrations, and so much more.
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.

Everyone has a secret. Welcome to Renaissance. Enjoy your stay.

D. Writing Guidelines for the Rule of Three Blogfest:
  1. 1. Your overall story can be in any genre, time period, or style you choose.
  2. You must have three characters (Rule of Three), but the relation between them is up to you.
  3. Every Wednesday or Thursday (48-hour window), post a narrative fiction: story, poem, song lyric, play, monologue, soliloquy-- any style you choose to work in.
  4. Each Friday you will be given a choice of writing prompts that will escalate the inner happenings of your story. Please choose one or more, and state the chosen prompt at the beginning of your post.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Upper limit for each post is 500 words. A little higher is okay, but not more, please.
There are prizes, so go sign up here!  You have until October 3rd.


  1. Thanks for joining in :)...looking forward to your story in October! Help us spread the word on Twitter via the hashtag #REN3

  2. Hi Melissa: thank you for posting this.

    Just wanted to stop by as one of the co-hosts of The Rule of Three Writers Challenge Blogfest and welcome you. October 5th is coming up fast. Glad to have you aboard. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

    BTW: I was asked to put names to the geographical locations I mentioned that surrounds Renaissance. You can find them on the link below.

    Welcome to Renaissance...everyone has a secret!

    Stuart Nager
    Tale Spinning
    Rule Of Three Blogfest

  3. I'm in on this too and look forward to reading your entries!

  4. Glad to have yet another writer on board :-) Looking forward to this more than ever! Li @FlashFiction

  5. Welcome to the blogfest! Can't wait to read your entry!

  6. New follower!
    I'm doing the Rule of 3 challenge as well. Can't wait to read your posts.
    You can find me at http://myjournalofbecomingawriter.blogspot.com/