A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017

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September, 2016 I decided to challenge myself to create and undertake a different mini writing challenge everyday for a whole month and post it here on my blog.  And I’ve decided to do it again.  Below you will find the daily prompts for this challenge along with links to a number of index posts that contain links to stories and poems written by those who joined in the challenge.

Each day a theme, which can be interpreted in anyway you wish, as well as a format, is set.  It could be a poem or a piece of flash fiction.  For example, it might ask for a poem written in less than 10 lines, or a story in less than 25 words. You get the picture.  On some days, the choice may even be up to you.

Hopefully you will find one or two that you would like to give a go.  Have fun!

The Daily Mini Writing Challenges

  1. Write a story in 25 words or less set in your favourite place.
  2. Write a story in 50 words that is set in the past.
  3. Write a poem in less than 10 lines on the theme of winter.
  4. The prompt is “email”.  The length and format are your choice.
  5. Write a fable (a story with a lesson in it) in 100 words or less.
  6. Write a poem inspired by a cave.  Any length
  7. Write a story in 25 words on the theme of changing fortunes.
  8. Write a story in 75 words or less using the opening line, “It wasn’t me”.
  9. Write a haiku inspired by the dawn.
  10. Write a story in less than 30 words that includes the words: hope, fear, unsure.
  11. Write a story in 100 words or less set in the ocean.
  12. Write a poem about boundaries or a boundary.  Any length.
  13. The prompt is “another planet”.  Format and length is your choice.
  14. Write a story in less than 10 words about a dream.
  15. Write a 50 word story set in the year you were born.  You don’t have to declare what year that was 😉
  16. Write a poem on the theme of “echo”.  Any length.
  17. Write a 50 word story on the theme of memory.
  18. The prompt is “shopping list”.  The format and length are your choice.
  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.
  20. Write a poem in under 20 lines inspired by a myth, legend or fairy tale.
  21. Write a story in 25 words or less about a book.
  22. Write a 50 word story that includes the words: expedition, rainforest, discovery.
  23. Write a poem about an alien.  Any length.
  24. The prompt is “return”.  Any length, any format.
  25. Write a story in  75 words or less about an encounter with a stranger.
  26. Write a poem on the theme of “rejuvenation” in less than 10 lines.
  27. The prompt is “crime”.  The length and format are your choice.
  28. Write a story in less than 100 words that opens with, “There once was a castle…”
  29. Pick the name of one or your favourite bands / groups / artists.  Use that as your inspiration to write a story in 50 words.
  30. Write a spooky poem in 13 lines for Halloween.

Index for Stories and Poems

Days 1-10
Days 11- 20
Days 21-30

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