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White Knights (Writing Prompts)

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White Knights (Writing Prompts)

Holidays… Japan's celebration of the new year, Ōmisoka. The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah.  The African-American holiday of Kwanzaa. The pagan-derived Christian holiday of Christmas. These are your prompts this week, be directly inspired by them, veer wildly, combine, mush, mix, invent a holiday or celebration all your own As ever these challenges are here to prompt writing of any and all kinds. What you write may be connected or unconnected, loud or quiet, polite or profane. You do you. The Whole Point is to Write Something If you want to write something that is. And maybe think about that this...

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Escape the Maze (Writing Prompts)

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Escape the Maze (Writing Prompts)

Hey, is there anything about these prompts that'd make 'em more interesting to you? Bigger? Plainer? A single photo? No words? Ten words? Dancing boys? Sometimes we get a flurry of prompt fills, sometimes we don't, and I wonder where the flurry is from and can it be repeated? Probably it's that thing which makes a restaurant super busy one day, dead the next but the week after those days reverse and who the heck knows, you know? Still and all, I thought I'd ask. Write On, Challenge Ahoy! I liked last week's responses to the Room No. 4 writing...

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Room No. 4 (Writing Prompts)

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Room No. 4 (Writing Prompts)

What's with room number 4? Is room #4 the answer to something or a question? Do we have to care what's behind the door? Does it matter? I've no idea, same as I've no idea why this week's writing prompt wanted to be shades of gray or somewhat silvery, depending on your viewpoint. Last week's prompt led two writers to veer toward the same topic very independently of one another and I'm wondering what this week's prompt will do. I think we'll be surprised. (Surprise me?) So are you ready to take the challenge this week and write? I hope...

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A Box for Wishes (Writing Challenge)

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A Box for Wishes (Writing Challenge)

Dragons and laughter and the boiling blood of a mountain…that's what people saw in the last prompt. What do you see in this one? And hey, how are you? What do you need? Diversion? Focus? Company? Alone time? Would a writing challenge help, hm? I don't always write for the prompts I put up, but I think I'll challenge myself to write for this one, 100+ words before the weekend is out. There's something about that swoop and the impressionist painterly feel of this, there's something about the evocative phrase a box for wishes that calls me. How about you?...

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Dead Mountain (Writing Prompts)

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Dead Mountain (Writing Prompts)

Here's a little idea for NaNoWriMo, if you're going to do it: Let it mean anything. I know it stands for National Novel Writing Month but it can also stand for taking those same hours to copy all your digital files onto an external hard drive. Or weeding out old magazines. Or sending out job applications (every cover letter can be part of your word count if you still want to track things that way). What I'm suggesting is don't break yourself this month because you make the rules. So you can change them. And right now things are so...

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