Thursday’s Thoughts

My turn to write a blog today and I am faced with a blank screen and an equally blank mind.

This morning I read this from Nancy at Not Quite Old and I started thinking back to all the posts I have written on fiction with a limit on number of words or sentences.

When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer,
‘one word at a time.’ Stephen King

For years I have followed Tara at Thin spiral notebook.   Each week she set us a prompt and the challenge was to write fiction using a specified word in 100 words, no more, no less.  Quite a challenge always. Tara hasn’t posted a challenge for a couple of years.  I miss it.

Then there was Five Sentence Fiction.  A whole story in five sentences on a given subject.  Here is one I did on Inferno.  Once again, this group has ceased to be, and I miss it.

And there was also Trifecta which no longer exists.  The challenge here was to write in 33-333 words with a specified word as the prompt. I wrote this on Fireworks in 2012. 

There have been other writing challenges started and then perhaps not continued. A Weekly Writing Challengeway back in 20013 that fizzled out.  Here is what I wrote using a picture that was given as the prompt.

And of course, there is my ever-present A Creative Writer’s Kit from Judy Reeves.  In this is a prompt or every day in the year.  No limitation on size, just writing.  So a different challenge that as a budding/would be writer, I turn back to it often.

And today’s prompt for July 28 is “Every night…”  Maybe I will try that before today is ended.

JB – Wellington New Zealand
July 28, 2022


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