October 27, 2021– Is there such thing as a perfect day? Or does perfection not exist? I think that many days in my life have been perfect so far and that there’s a common theme that makes them this way; I get to spend the day doing what I want with who I want. It’s as simple as that for me!
Sleeping in, writing, great coffee, cuddling the cats, hiking with Mike and Luna, exploring new places, watching old movies, reading, and playing board games, are some things that my perfect day includes. What are yours?
For today’s writing challenge, I want you to write a 1000-word short story about your perfect day or your idea of an ideal day and what that consists of. I like this challenge because it’s so personal and lets us see how much we have to be thankful for and that it’s the little things that matter. Notice how none of the items on my list cost money? They say the best things in life are free-I agree.
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October 21, 2021-I love all of the photo prompts we’ve selected this month, but this particular prompts speak to me for some reason! I love the colour and style. You can almost hear the chatter going on around the table; whether it’s family or friends, it’s a gathering of individual personalities connected by common threads- food, wine, and conversation.
For today’s assignment, here are the instructions:
Write a 2500 word short story about a dinner party among friends. Write it in the third person narrative and choose an exotic location. Let your imagination run wild, whether it’s a winery in the south of France, a garden terrace in Italy, or a stunning backdrop in the Alps! If you’ve never been to the location you’re writing about, do some research to see what it would be like to visit.
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October 20, 2021-We’re about ten days away from wrapping up the month! I can’t believe how time flies, and I certainly hope you’re having fun with our author challenge this month.
As you know, we’ve provided writing prompts during October to challenge you to get out of your space and to expand your imagination, creativity, and skills. For today’s challenge here’s what I want you to do!
Instructions: Using the photo prompt above, please write a 500-word story in the romance genre using the first-person narrative. The word count specification makes this task especially challenging, but I know you can do it!
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October 13, 2021-October makes me want to snuggle up with a good book and a piping hot cup of coffee. There’s something about the temperature dropping, the sound of crunching leaves underfoot, and pumpkins lining front porches, that gets me in the zone for not only reading a cute cozy romance but to write as well. The writing challenge for today is simple yet beautiful.
Instructions: Using the photo prompt above, write a 1500 word short story about coffee. It can be in any genre you choose. Will you write about the taste and smell of freshly ground beans? Will you write about how coffee gives you superpowers? Will you write about an encounter in a coffee shop around the corner from your house? Will you write about the historic discovery of coffee on the Ethiopian plateau? The sky is the limit!
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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.
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.