A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017 Days 21-30: The Links

It’s now October and that can only mean one thing…that the month of mini writing challenges is at an end.  My thanks go to all those who participated, whether once, a few times or every single day.  I hope you have had fun.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading all the challenge responses – you lot are a seriously talented bunch of writers and poets!

I would say that I enjoyed writing my own responses, but I faded away after the first ten days, rising once to publish a cluster of three posts, before fizzling out completely.  The challenges I did join in with, I had fun writing and couple of them I plan to return to in the future.

Below you will find the badges for those of you who wish to display them with pride, and below them, the final round-up of links from the 2017 challenge.  If I have missed any off the list, please do let me know, and I will add them.

If you’re looking for any more writing challenges or prompts to tackle, there are number to be found:

Have a great week everyone, and happy writing!

Participants Badge

To claim the badge all you need to have done is participated at least once in the challenge by writing something in response to one of the prompts and then posted it on your blog.  Easy!

Now go and display your badge with honour!

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Links Day 21 – 30

Day 21: Write a story in 25 words or less about a book.

Day 22: Write a 50 word story that includes the words: expedition, rainforest, discovery.

Day 23: Write a poem about an alien.  Any length.

Day 24: The prompt is return.  Any length.  Any form.

Day 25: Write a story in 75 words or less about an encounter with a stranger.

Day 26: Write a poem on theme of “rejuvenation” in less than 10 lines.

Day 27: The prompt is “crime”.  The length and format are your choice.

Day 28: Write a story in less than 100 words that opens with, “There once was a castle…”

Day 29: Pick the name of one or your favourite bands / groups / artists.  Use that as your inspiration to write a story in 50 words.

Day 30: Write a spooky poem in 13 lines for Halloween.

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A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017 – Days 11-20: The Links

We are over half way through the challenge now and the end is almost in sight!  I hope you’ve all been enjoying the prompts.  The responses have been amazing; you folk are a talented bunch of writers and poets and I’m ever so grateful to you all for joining in.

Here are the links to the responses that have been posted so far.  If I have missed any off, get in touch and I will add it to the list.

Also, don’t worry if you are late to the challenge, I will still add your link to this post once you have written your response as long as you have published it during September.  That means there is still plenty of time to join in!

Day 11: Write a story in 100 words or less set in the ocean.

Day 12: Write a poem about boundaries or a boundary.  Any length.

Day 13: The prompt is “another planet”.  Format and length is your choice.

Day 14: Write a story in less than 10 words about a dream..

Day 15: Write a 50 word story set in the year you were born.  You don’t have to declare what year that was 😉

Day 16: Write a poem on the theme of echo.  Any length

Day 17: Write a 50 word story on the theme of memory.

Day 18: The prompt is “shopping list”.  The format and length are your choice.

Day 19: You’re on your way to work and a new, strange-looking shop has opened over night.  You are drawn to it and go in but what – or who – is inside?  Tell us in less than 100 words.

Day 20: Write a poem in under 20 lines inspired by a myth, legend or fairy tale.

A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017 – Days 1-10: The Links

 

There have been some amazing responses to the first ten days of mini writing challenges.  Here are the links to the stories that have been posted so far.  If I have missed any off (which is perfectly possible – I’ve only just realised that comments and pingbacks were not enabled on the challenge page!!!  All fixed now though), please, please, please, leave the links in the comments below and I will add them to the list.

Also, don’t worry if you are late to the challenge, I will still add your link to this post once you have written your response as long as you have published it during September.  That means there is still plenty of time to join in!  Just add your link to the comments below.

Day 1: Write a story in 25 words or less set in your favourite place.

Day 2: Write a story in 50 words that is set in the past.

Day 3: Write a poem in less than 10 lines on the theme of winter.

Day 4: The prompt is “email”.  The length and format are your choice.

Day 5: Write a fable (a story with a lesson in it) in 100 words or less.

Day 6: Write a poem inspired by a cave.  Any length

Day 7: Write a story in 25 words on the theme of changing fortunes.

Day 8: Write a story in 75 words or less using the opening line, “It wasn’t me”.

Day 9: Write a haiku inspired by the dawn.

Day 10: Write a story in less than 30 words that includes the words: hope, fear, unsure.

A Month of Mini Writing Challenges – Participants Badge

A Month of Mini Writing Challenges

Now that September is over and so is the writing challenge, what, apart from up to 30 new pieces of writing, do we have to show for a month of hard work.  How about a badge?

To claim the badge all you need to have done is participated at least once in the challenge by writing something in response to one of the prompts and then posted it on your blog.  Easy!

Now go and display your badge with honour!

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Simply right click over the image you want to display on your site, and click “Save Image As”.  Then save to your computer and then upload it to your site.

A Month of Mini Writing Challenges Day 21 – 30: The Links

A Month of Mini Writing Challenges

This is the final links post for the writing challenge 😦  Below you will find a list of responses for the prompts for Days 21 through 30.

September has been so much fun.  Thanks to everyone who joined in and helped to make my first hosted writing challenge a success.  I hope you all had as much fun as I did.  For those who want it, there is a participant / survivor badge, that will be available soon, so keep your eyes peeled…

Here are the links to the stories and poems that have been posted so far.  If I have missed any off, get in touch and I will add it to the list.

Also, don’t worry if you are late to the challenge, I will still add your link(s) to this post once you have written your response as long as you have published it during September or the first few days of October – I know there are not enough hours in the day to get in all the writing you want.

Day 21 – Write a story in 25 words about an animal.

Day 22 – Write a 50 word story that uses the words: havoc, redemption and change.

Day 23 – Write a poem about a robot. Any length.

Day 24 – The prompt is “nightmare”.  The format and length is your choice.

Day 25 – Tell us a story only using dialogue in less than 50 words.

Day 26 – Write a story in less than 100 words that begins with, “Once upon a time…”

Day 27 – Write a poem inspired by the theme of “home” in less than 10 lines.

Day 28 – Pick the title of a favourite song.  That’s your inspiration.  Now write a story inspired by it in 30 words.

Day 29 – The prompt is “murder mystery”.  The format and length are your choice.

Day 30 – Write a spooky story in 13 words for Halloween.

A Ghostly Parting

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A disembodied jazz hand loomed ominously through the fog, waving one last goodbye…


This was written for Day 30 of “A Month of Mini Writing Challenges“.  See this page here for more details and a list of prompts.

Murder, You Say?

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‘Murder, you say?  Are you sure?’

Hannah Jameson gave a sideways glance out of the corner of her eye at her partner. Dan Davids wasn’t known for being smart, but even he should have realised how obvious this was.  Instead of answering him, she decided to continue to process the scene.

I think it was suicide,’ Davids called out.

I think you’re an idiot.’

‘But-‘

‘There’s no but.  The body is hanging from the ceiling, his wrists bound, his ankles bound.  There is what…four feet between his toes and the floor, but nothing for him to climb up.  He didn’t float up there, did he?  No.  He was winched up there by someone else in this room.  May be even two somebodies given the size of him…’

Davids scratched his head, processing all Hannah had said.  He didn’t look convinced, but although he was a good guy, he was a lazy cop and just wanted to go home.  He had three weeks of holiday starting tomorrow and this murder was more than a little inconvenient for him.

‘Just go, Davids.  I can handle this.’

His eyebrows shot up.  ‘You sure?’

‘Yes.  Go.’  He was more a hindrance than a help, anyway.  When he left, the noise of the other on-scene teams floated through the open door, before being abruptly cut off as it closed.

‘Who are you?’ she whispered, looking at the dead man.  He looked so plain and unremarkable, just an average guy you would see walking down the street.  He didn’t stand out.  He didn’t scream for attention.  But he had got someone’s attention, clearly.  And that hadn’t ended so well.

The pathologist hadn’t arrived yet but Hannah knew he would be there soon and then the body would be beyond her reach.  She needed to find as many clues as she could in the room before she left, before anyone else started interfering in her case and telling her what was what.  They were not as easy to dismiss as Dan Davids.

She stepped closer but not close enough to contaminate any evidence.  After a few minutes of intense scrutiny.  She found it.  A small mark above the right heel.

A mark she had seen before.

This was no murder mystery, after all.  This was a sacrifice.


This was written for Day 29 of “A Month of Mini Writing Challenges“.  See this page here for more details and a list of prompts.