Writing Prompts

July’s Monthly Challenge

First the winner of last month’s challenge!

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And the winner is…

*drumroll*

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June Monthly Challenge

First the winner of last month’s challenge!

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And the winner is Esther!

In my country, the crown can only be won through victory in battle.
Since the days when Athelwyn Firstking slew the great Ebenwyrm, the heirs of his bloodline have fought a dragon to claim his throne and crown.
That is, until my own father was slain in combat with the dragon. Then the Council of Three took the scepter of Athelwyn away from my family, claiming that my father’s blood had polluted our line. Had made us weak, and unfit to rule. Not that they ever fought any dragons.
But I know the truth. I know the truth that my father taught me—that not all the dragons are evil, but that the council controls them through the mystic power of the Aegstan.
And I know the truth my mother taught me—that my father would not have died if the Council of Three had not poisoned him.
And so I fought the dragon who the council set before me, throwing their lies of weakness into the rubbish heap. And I split into pieces the aegstycce which controlled it, releasing its mind from the Council’s will, and it realized we were allies against the Council’s tyranny.
And so with my new ally at my back, I take Athelwyn’s crown in victory.
And the Council can do naught but watch.

Now for June’s prompt.

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You have 100-250 words to write a short story/scene that goes with this picture. You have until June 30th to submit your scene in the comments below. I’ll announce the winner in July.  Anyone can enter, but keep your entries clean. No swearing, no gore or sensuality. Have fun!

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May Prompt Challenge

First the winner’s of last month’s prompt:

There were so many good entries for this and I finally decided to settle on a tie between to entries…

Annie Louise Twitchell

Evan stared at the writing on the wall. Written in something he desperately hoped wasn’t blood, the words echoed the thoughts that constantly rattled around his mind.

You could have saved her.

You could have saved them.

You could have saved him.

But he was too late. He was always too late. And now his father was gone, just like everyone else. Just like his mother. Just like his adopted siblings, his stepmother, his half siblings, his best friend… Everyone was gone.

And he was alone again.

Alone.

Again.

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You could have saved him.

The letters appeared slowly crookedly on the wall, as though written by an invisible hand. Faster than usual. Almost accusatory.

I dropped my bent dagger onto the table and spread my hands. “As always, Wally, the question is if I really should have saved him?”

A second as the letters faded away, then new ones took their place.

He’s your friend.

“He’s a blasted idiot is what he is,” I muttered. “A horrible friend.”

Still, the only one you’ve got.

“Oh go pointing that out, why don’t you?”

And you just let him go. Sacrificed him so you could go

“You know, why am I taking friendship advice from a wall in the first place?” I spat. “You can just…”

He’s still alive. Save him and you might have someone other than a wall who can stand the sound of your voice.

I kicked at the table and stormed out of the room so I didn’t have to look at that infernal wall anymore, telling me how to live my life.

One day I’d get that thing painted over.

But right now I had something else to do. A friend to save.

You have 100-250 words to write a short story/scene that goes with this picture. You have until May 31st to submit your scene in the comments below. I’ll announce the winner in June.  Anyone can enter, but keep your entries clean. No swearing, no gore or sensuality. Have fun!

 

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March Prompt Challenge

At the beginning of January, I posted a prompt challenge for a complete scene instead of just a caption. Behold the prompt:

And the winner is Anne of Lothlorien!

“He’s gone. You left him. You left him. You left…”
“I know!” she gasped to the icy gusts, dropping to her knees, her mind tortured with images. His gentle face. The blood on his back. The look in his eyes when she had fled. Pain and love. Such a deep love.
Her grip loosened from the flagpole and it fell to the ice. The sword in her other hand dropped until it too rested on the ground. It was over.
She had left him when he needed her. She had run when she should have fought. And now he was surely dead, and she was paying for it.
She just wanted to die.
She wanted to escape her haunting memories.
‘Please, let me die.’ She closed her eyes for what she hoped was the last time.
“Elyn!”
Her mind reeled. It couldn’t be… but it was his voice.
‘Get up. Open your eyes.’ She desperately wanted to, but she couldn’t. She was too cold.
“Elyn!”
She felt a warmth drape over her, and then she was being lifted, and carried away. Was she dead? Was this the White Shore?
Three words were breathed in her ear, in that voice she knew.
“I love you.”
She opened her eyes.
It was him. He was carrying her, wrapped in his cloak.
“I found you.” He said. “I love you.”
She reached up, hesitantly, and touched his cheek, wanting to be sure this wasn’t a taunting dream.
It wasn’t.
“I love you too.”

You have 100-250 words to write a short story/scene that goes with this picture. You have until March 31st to submit your scene in the comments below. I’ll announce the winner in March.  Anyone can enter, but keep your entries clean. No swearing, no gore or sensuality. Have fun!

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January Prompt Challenge

Yes, I know, it isn’t a collage. Another writer contacted me through my blog about starting a longer challenge, and I’d been thinking about it too, so we’ll see how it goes. Basically, for the first challenge of each month, I’m going to post a picture prompt and you have 100-250 words to write a short story/scene that goes with it. You have until January 27th to submit your scene in the comments below. I’ll announce the winner in February.  Anyone can enter, but keep your entries clean. No swearing, no gore or sensuality.

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