Writing Arcade

Defeat Writer's Block!

The Writing Arcade is a self-paced opportunity to challenge yourself, receive feedback, and try different styles and genres of writing. Select your quest, choose a difficulty option, and create a piece in poetry or prose. Our Arcade Administrators will give you a score and feedback. Your scores help you advance to unlock new quests, options, and bosses so your writing grows with you!

The Writing Arcade is part of the Better Writer subscription service. It's the perfect option for a writer addicted to competition! With the Arcade, find an endless supply of quests, options, difficulty toggles, and private scores and feedback for every single entry. 

​Find information on how it works below.

Check the Quests page to choose your next challenge. 


Wally Writer

Meet Wally Writer; he's a writing adventurer, just like you. Wally is on a quest to be the best writer he can be and he needs your help. Use Wally's tools and coins below to learn more about the direct connection between WW and your writing growth so you can be a better writer too!

Join the Writing Arcade:


Writing Arcade is a feature of the

Better Writer subscription service.


Monthly Challenge


If you came here for the Monthly Arcade Challenge, read about the Path and Difficulty information in the Quests section below. 

Click here to view this month's quest.

Check the submissions guide.

Submit your entry to


How It Works

The most important tool you need for the Writing Arcade is courage. Choose your own path and difficulty through the Arcade, write at your own pace, and submit your work for points and feedback.


Each individual quest is open to poetry and prose. Choose a quest from the list and select your difficulty (listed with each quest). The higher your attempted difficulty, the more points you can earn! The Arcade Administrators review one piece per Arcader at a time because any of your submissions could unlock a boss battle. Watch your feedback document for a breakdown of your score and notes to help you improve. 

For fans of longer works, choose the series path when you begin a new level. These challenges use the same characters and fit together to form a cohesive, novella-length story. This path has access to some bosses not available to the other paths.


Your feedback document is linked at the top of the Writing Arcade tab in your Achievement Tracker. Just click your username!


To become a Better Writer subscriber and register for the Writing Arcade, Press Start. Registration is open all year.



Complete each quest only once. You'll find tons of available quests to help you stay inspired. If you level up to a new list, don't worry, you can still choose to complete lower-level quests until you finish them all. 

Access the available quests from the Quests page. Note this page is only accessible to Arcaders so sign up today! Formatting information is in one convenient box with the quests.



Choose your path before you begin. Prose and Poetry paths use the same quests with different difficulty requirements. For these paths, each quest stands alone and your story or poem submission should reflect this with new characters, settings, and plot information. The Series path has combined quests and must be selected at the start of a new level. This path is designed for writers who prefer longer stories: all your submissions in the series include the same characters and follow a single plot throughout the level. At the end of the level, you've written a novella!


Each quest comes with three difficulty options: Easy, Medium, or Hard. The higher your difficulty, the more points you can earn with each piece. Some quests are eligible for an Extreme difficulty. These are rare but they pack a serious points punch! You can decide your difficulty for each quest by including your choice in your Title Information.

Easy: Word or Line Count

Medium: Core Concept or Emotion

Hard: Genre or Poem Style


Extra Lives: 

Each quest you complete earns points but you can only complete each quest once. If you want to improve your score, use your feedback to revise and aim for a higher difficulty. Use an Extra Life to resubmit your work for a quest and your new score replaces your old one. If you score high enough the second time, you might even earn back your Extra Life!

Earn Extra Lives by: referring friends, maintaining your subscription, scoring high on quests, placing in the Top 10 Overall for Writer's Games, writing a WW blog post, submitting an entry for WayWords, or you can purchase lives with points.

To use an Extra Life, add "Extra Life" to your Title Information on the line below Difficulty.

Side Quests:

Arcaders can choose to complete Side Quests each month to earn extra points. Most Side Quests provide a list of things to include in the same story. You can find a new Side Quest each month on the Quests page. Each list is only available once, catch it before it's gone!

To try for a Side Quest bonus, add "Side Quest" to your Title Information on the line below Difficulty.

Join the Writing Arcade:


Writing Arcade is a feature of the

Better Writer subscription service.

The Fine Print:

The Writing Arcade is a feature of the Achievement Tracker and is only available to Better Writer subscribers. 

Writing Arcade and all subsequent content is copyright The Writer's Workout, 2018-2021.

Registration is open all year.

Complete quests to earn points. Defeat bosses to level up. Use your points to purchase prizes. Prizes are limited quantity and first come, first served. Prizes are subject to availability and subject to change throughout the year without warning or notice. Prizes are donated by the Co-Founders of The Writer's Workout. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash.

The Writer's Workout cannot provide prizes to Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea, due to US Government restrictions.

Points cannot be applied retroactively and do not transfer. Points have no cash value and cannot be redeemed for monetary equivalent. Points may be redeemed by emailing Theresa at Theresa.Green@writersworkout.net.

Wally Writer and his tools were designed and developed for the Writing Arcade by Jessie Fisher and owned by The Writer's Workout.

Your information will not be retained, sold, or otherwise distributed in whole or in part by The Writer's Workout or affiliates thereof.

RIGHTS to the Writing Arcade submissions are the sole property of their authors and are NOT considered "submissions" for the purposes of outside organizations.  


Questions, comments, and concerns may be directed to Theresa at Theresa.Green@writersworkout.net