Why a Pen & Sword?

Some of you may be wondering about the logo designs, why a pen and sword feature so heavily in it. We touched on the reason when the new changes to Blog Battle were first announced, but I thought it warranted another quick explanation.

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Our logo says “Inspired to Write” because Blog Battle is meant to do just that, but our logo design is inspiring in and of itself because it represents the old proverb “the pen is mightier than the sword.”

The specific phrasing of this age old adage, dating back thousands of years in various forms, is attributed to the playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton from his 1839 play Richelieu.

It was the Cardinal’s line in the play:

True, This! —

Beneath the rule of men entirely great
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! — itself is nothing! —
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Cæsars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! — Take away the sword —
States can be saved without it!

[emphasis mine, quote taken from wikipedia]

And as you can see from the context, the idea is that a pen, in the right hands, has power greater than a sword.BB 2 Blog Battle is meant to help us challenge ourselves to improve, to reach beyond our comfort, to encourage each other, to try new things, to be inspired, and hopefully to become powerful users of the pen where our words go out into the world and do not fly from us already wasted.

So, I hope when you look at the Blog Battle logo that you will be encouraged and inspired. Your words have the potential to change a generation, even when you write fiction. It’s an amazing thought.



#BlogBattle 59 “Voice” Entries & Voting

I’m going to start linking the Weekly Battle Entries! Here’s our first one. Let the Battle commence!

Rachael Ritchey

#BlogBattle 59 Story Theme: Voice

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(basic rules at the bottom of the post)

*** Please, please don’t be afraid to tell me if I’ve missed adding your story! I don’t want to leave any out, and I’d rather you bopped me on the head than miss your contribution! Thanks. ***

 Post your story by 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday! I add them here throughout the day on Tuesday.

RULES for VOTING: Anyone can vote as long as you’ve read ALL the stories for this week by 11 PM PST of the following MONDAY. Vote for your TOP 3 favorites. Winner announced on the next Tuesday’s #BlogBattle entries post!





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The Blog Battle Lives!

We’re excited to announce that starting in May 2016 Blog Battle will find its way here, to its very own blog (http://www.blogbattlers.wordpress.com), where it will hopefully simplify how we approach this fun writing activity.

NOTICE the URL is blogbattl-ERS (battlers) instead of just blogbattle since someone scooped that up before we could grab it. We are totally okay with this, though, because without the BATTLERS there would be no battle! 🙂

***This website will be under construction for the next few weeks, and when we’re ready to reveal the new and improved battles we’ll switch over to this site. It will be in transition for the month of May while everyone gets on board with the awesome changes.