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How Does This Inspire You?

October 19, 2021– Writing prompts are a great way to get a glimpse into who you are as a writer, what genre and style you like to write in, and what your challenges are. Photo writing prompts are especially fun because they let your imagination run wild! Humans are naturally visual creatures, and we can remember up to 2000 pictures with 90% accuracy according to recognition tests performed in studies.

For today’s author challenge, I’d like you to reflect on the photo above and write a 1500 word personal essay about what you feel when you look at the picture. What thoughts go through your mind? What are you inspired to write about? Happy writing!

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Writing Prompt October Challenge for Authors

October 18, 2021– October will be over in just under two weeks; can you believe it? We’ve figured out Luna’s Halloween costume, the cats’ costumes, and our own, so we are officially ready to celebrate Halloween over Zoom with our families!

We hope you’re enjoying the author challenge this month, which is photo writing prompts, and I hope you’re discovering things about yourself as an author and about your work. Let’s dig into today’s assignment.

Instructions: Write a 2,000-word short story using the photo prompt above. Use first-person narrative in the mystery genre. A lot of people make the mistake of using too much internal dialogue when writing in the first person, but a quick tip to help you correct this is to think of your manuscript as if it were being made into a movie. If your book made it to the big screen, would your audience know what’s going on based on what you’ve written?

First-person narrative: First-person narrative sits the reader right beside the main character during the story. The reader experiences everything the main character does and has a front-row seat to the action!  Use the pronouns “I,” “me,” “we,” and “us” to tell a story from the main character’s perspective.

Mystery genre: The mystery genre contains stories with narration in which one or more elements remain unknown until the end; the stories are like puzzles, where the reader is given one piece at a time to figure out the big picture. It starts backward (like with a dead body) and then finds out who the killer is. A thriller is when the story works forwards.

Happy writing! As always, feel free to send us your work for consideration to pandapublishing8@gmail.com.

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Photo Writing Challenge

October 12, 2021-During the month of October, we’re presenting you with photo writing prompts to help stretch your imagination and your writing skills. Today is an interesting challenge, and it may be more difficult for some of you based on the subject matter, but I really want you to dig in. Take your time with this photo and let it speak to you; let your ideas slowly seep onto the page.

Instructions: Write a 1200 word short story using the photo above from the perspective of the house only.

Happy writing! X LLB

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Ask Away

October 8, 2021-October is all about challenging yourself as an author to write, explore, and create outside of your comfort zone. Today’s photo challenge will do just that!

Instructions: Using the photo prompt above, take a good long look at the word ASK. What does it mean to you? What is something that you’ve asked for that has yet to come to fruition? If it hasn’t happened yet, will you continue to ask, why or why not? Why does asking scare us so much; is it fear of rejection, or because we don’t believe we deserve it? Is there a scale to asking? Is asking for a pen different than asking for money? Why? Why not?  Write down how the word ASK makes you feel and why there is so much baggage attached to one word.

I decided to write a stream of consciousness for this exercise (yes, I do each exercise just like you!) here it is.

Ask.
Before we could speak, we’ve asked.
For nourishment, for connection, for love.
As we grew and developed our voice, our asks changed.
We asked for birthday wishes, sleepovers, a pet, and to stay up just a bit later.
We matured and asked for the car keys, a longer curfew, for our parents not to worry.
Now we ask for the safety of our families, our nation, our collectiveness as humans.
We ask for strength, for wisdom, for patience, and for truth.
We ask why me? Why us? Why now? and Why not?
We ask for just a bit longer, for the departed not to go, we ask them and ourselves to hang on just a while more.
We ask for forgiveness.
We ask for absolution.
We ask for new beginnings and resolutions to old problems.
We never stop asking.
We can’t stop asking.

-LLB