Weekend Writing Prompt #108 – Mercurial

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is 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



The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem / prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem / prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

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

* Whispers and Echoes – an online journal of short writing – is now open to submissions *
Check out the guidelines here

Weekend Writing Prompt Year 1 Anthology: Outcast and Other Words – Read for free here


40 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #108 – Mercurial

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  11. ShiftnShake @daveryshiftn

    A mercurial summer day of roiling colors, of sudden swirling shivery winds, of quicksilver clouds charging over the mountain. Thunder threatens, throws its voice. Lightning flexes. Nervous anticipation before the storm. The #ancient mountain alone is unmoved. Places! #vss365a

    38 words, six sentences and 280 characters.

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  13. Ah, as soon as I saw the word I had an idea — I wanted to put in a quote from my latest novel, “Apples in Applath,” where Marcus remembers how when he’d first learned the word … he immediately knew who it fit …

    But then the word count would have been a tad too long and I figured this was good sign enough that I best keep to something written today for it, and here is how it goes …

    (If you’re curious about Marcus … the links to all my books are on my blog, under the “books and publications” tab)

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