Weekend Writing Prompt #17 – Emptiness

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes (it’s not a competition) but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt


Photo Prompt



Prose Challenge – Write a 50 word story inspired by the image above.  What is it? A blank screen edged in static? A chalkboard with no writing on it?  The strange view out of a window, perhaps from a spaceship?  You tell us.

Bonus point for including any of the following words: emptiness, void, or abyss.

Poetry Challenge – Write a haiku on the theme of “emptiness”.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!


54 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #17 – Emptiness

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  2. Hello, thank you for the prompt. I was unable to copy the image. However, here are my fifty words:

    Edges appear less dark; dusk, the borderland between day and night; life itself, a place of striving and longing, desperately monitoring tides as the strand narrows. The abyss yawns wide and wider, revealing only an unfathomable void, a lightless vacuum, emptiness. How you clutch at the brink, your grasp weakening.

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  3. Good afternoon Sammi,

    As I head out the door into the dull gloom of afternoon, I leave a little line in response to the Challenge…it’s either 28 words for the story challenge or an indulgent Haiku…

    ~ Dark Shaman ~ B ~ DN ~

    Once more into darkness my dear dark friend,
    To retrieve Fire for an empty hearth.
    I ache for her love, a Himalayan Dove,
    Who has melted my frozen heart.

    Enjoy your day SC! Three days of freedom! Rock on! 🙂

    Namaste 🙂


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      • Hey Sammi,

        Thank you. A curious coincidence, yesterday morning en route to work, I got to mumbling as I passed by the Cathedral – backlit by burning morning Light – I was almost chanting the phrase Hermes, who are you, when at my feet fell a Raven’s feather, a wing tip plume, it turns to twist at its tip in a most delightful way. I think it is a new wand, a wand to engage with the dark. I am finding balance with it…but she is a darkly muse 😉

        Thank you for setting the challenge. It brings a wonderful group of people together: such diversity and excellence. We will one day all be famed in print 🙂

        Share a wonderful evening with Love and friendship. Take care.

        Namaste 🙂


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      • Coincidence or synchronicity? Amazing timing, to appear just when you are chanting those words. Your new feather sounds beautiful ❤ Perfect for engaging with the dark to obtain balance…Darkly muse…Dark Shaman…

        This challenge is certainly blessed by a wonderful group of talented writers and poets. I'm honoured that so many return each week and join in.

        Thank you. You have a wonderful evening too 🙂

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      • Hey Sammi,

        I think both Serendipity and Synchronicity, the twins of benign chaos were there to also lend a hand when the feather fell. It felt like a team effort lol 🙂 Her feather, she is a beautifully Crow like Raven and adorable to the last curling barb. I will cherish her dearly, more dearly than the written word can tell. She brings perfect balance to a Darkly Shaman. Perfect as a partnership: as a pair of blackbirds baked in the one pie. Her feather reminds me of a Bellatrix wand bwahahaha! lol 🙂

        She brings balance also to the holder of a Swan’s Feather wand 🙂

        So many return here each week because you set a wonderful Challenge, we all have a common denominator, and above all regards and respect for each others work. What more could a Challenge ask for by way of a response? 🙂

        Sweet dreams for when you get to Zzzzz. Take care Sammi C.

        Namaste 🙂


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