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Take Courage (Writing Prompts)

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Take Courage (Writing Prompts)

Another week, another writing challenge for you. Yes this is woeful late but here it is, with unbalanced bees (maybe) and courage, and a fake lawn to make you think real words about…what? Those of you who come to write for these wee prompts, each week do you have an idea already bubbling, or do you look at what I've shared here and think, "I got nuthin"?Me, that's what I'm always thinking. Nuthin'. There's no there, there. No mystery, no fantasy, no story about space aliens or river goddesses or martyrs. I look at what I myself have made and...

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A Trick of the Eye (Writing Prompts)

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A Trick of the Eye (Writing Prompts)

One thing I've learned from writing small – wonderful surprises can lurk round the corner, like linguistic sharks ready to bite with their brilliance. So it goes this week, and I've found it necessary to go to the Twitter of several of last week's writers and SHOUT AT THEM. It's a justified response to delight and surprise, I feel, and if not I have done it all the same. I hope you join the writers one of these times, I really do. I like shouting nice things and I'm anxiously wanting to shout them at you. Spoilers, Surprises, Stories That...

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Get Up Now (Writing Prompts)

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Get Up Now (Writing Prompts)

A dozen pardons for the missed week. A turned-in dissertation means it ought not to happen again. However… If an extra week again means more new voices popping in to write for these challenges, these picture prompts, well… But no, we'll keep uploading them weekly and as every week before, I thank you for letting these prompts challenge you. If you've nothing you want to write this week, how about telling me how you are? A line, a paragraph…say hi. Let me know you're here. Riffing on Kindness And direclty on to what people wrote for broken by kindness: ‘I’m...

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Broken by Kindness (Writing Prompts)

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Broken by Kindness (Writing Prompts)

Challenge answered! And in a record number this week. Thank you for your fantastic stories inspired by last week's prompt, what you've written makes me want to know more, each and every one! This week…what's say you do it again? We again have fewer words, so  more of the ones you write come from you, not me. These prompts are meant to get your fingers typing, nothing more. If you never use a single one of these words or images but you accept the challenge and write a wee marvelous thing, you're doing it right. Or write. Right? So pass...

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Falling Ashes… (Writing Challenge)

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Falling Ashes… (Writing Challenge)

My words cramp your style, don't they? You feel like you have to use them, don't you?Feck it, that's what I say. And so that's what I did.As of this week I've thrown out one whole word on the writing prompt and added an image, so that more of the words are yours, inventive and weird and whatever you want them to be. So now, what will you write? What do you see? Seeing Capes, Writing Sex, Accepting Challenges As usual, here are some sweet snippets from last week's stories, written by writers who each saw different things in the...

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