Inspiring Prompts

I often turn to the following people to inspire me for my blog posts. I pick up the challenge of some prompts every week; others I do when I have the time to craft the post. Join me and present your interpretation of the weekly theme.

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Processed with RookieJoin me each week in a challenge that I have created myself: My Gratitude Project. Every Wednesday, I write a post and share photos on something that has made me grateful. Your contribution may be made any time of the week. Tag your posts with the words “gratitude”, “grateful”, “My Gratitude Project” and link up with the post I make every week. I look forward to reading about what makes you grateful.

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wordpress photo challenge -2014Each week the folks at WordPress challenge us to show our photographs to fellow bloggers. A prompt is chosen by one of the photographers involved with the Weekly Photo Challenge. At times I am unable to participate – but most weekends I find myself posting my interpretation of the prompt. I enjoy participating in this challenge and looking at photo responses from all over the world.

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Five-Minute-Friday-badgeEach Friday, Kate Motaung posts a Five Minute Friday prompt. The challenge for this creative writing exercise is to write for five minutes (with no editing and back-tracking) on the prompt of the week. At times sticking to the time limit is difficult but one soon learns to write concisely 🙂 

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Kellie Elmore is a talented poet who writes beautiful images. Each Friday she posts a prompt: it may be a quotation, an image, or even a word bank. The challenge is to use the prompt and to write whatever comes to mind – until you can no longer write. I enjoy participating in this free writing exercise and am often surprised by what I produce. Join Kellie’s writing bandits and come to love creative writing. .

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Thursday SpecialPaula hosts a non-challenge on her blog Lost in Translation called Thursday’s Special. She welcomes any topic each Thursday that you choose to highlight in your photographs. I do admit to bending the “rules” a little at times and posting some writing, or even music videos. All contributions are welcome, however, in the spirit of creativity and sharing.

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Cee is a talented photographer who hosts a fun challenge every week. What I like is that she also gives you a heads up on what the topic is for the next few weeks so that if an opportunity comes along, you can photograph it. I enjoy looking at what others post for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – the photos are always so interesting

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Paula's B&W Sunday

I never think of changing the setting on my camera and taking my photos in black and white. Paula’s challenge, however, has encouraged me to think differently. Each Sunday, Paula hosts her Black & White Sunday challenge and shares with us some stunning photos.

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Musing Mondays | BooksAndABeat.com

Each Monday, Miz B hosts Musing Mondays at Books and a Beat in which bloggers write about something related to books: a bookish rant, a reading habit, a ramble about their current read or find; or a response to her own post/question.

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TeaserEach Tuesday Miz B at Books and a Beat hosts Teaser Tuesdays in which readers share a random sentence or two from their current read. The title of the book as well as the author is mentioned so that the book can be added to bloggers’ TBR list.

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Each Monday Jo posts a walk that she has taken and would love to share with her readers. With her I have gone on many interesting walks and visited many beautiful places. She invites readers to join her in sharing their walks any day of the week and these will be linked back to her  Monday Walk segment. Now all I have to do is remember to take my camera with me when I go out walking!

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friday-fictioneers-badgeEach Wednesday Rochelle posts a photo prompt for her Friday Fictioneers writing challenge. The challenge is to write a story using a 100 words. Proofreading and editing is encouraged. Contributors are encouraged to read and comment on one another’s work.

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pixel-prose-challenge-post-logoEach Sunday, Amanda hosts the Pixel Prose Challenge. For this challenge, photos are posted and poetry or prose is written on the subject of the image. Your own theme can be chosen, depending on your inspiration.

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Inspire me Monday is hosted on the blog Create with Joy. Each Monday bloggers share their creativity in order to inspire others (this may include photos or any creative work). In addition, bloggers can share things that inspire them (these can be books, quotes, or anything else that is inspiring).

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thechangingseasons challengeCardinal Guzman has created a challenge for 2015.  Once a month (between the 7th – 15th), bloggers are to post photos of a scene of their choosing. The same location is to be shot every month. The idea is to capture all the changes that can occur: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, night time scenes. The shots that are to be shared should be new and not come from a blogger’s archive.

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Laura hosts a flash fiction challenge called Literary Lion in which participants write a story of 400 words or less based on a word she provides.

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wpid-photo-20150808193522282Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers is a weekly flash fiction challenge in which writers share a story of 100-175 words in response to a photo prompt. The stories should have a beginning, a middle and an end. A new prompt is provided every Tuesday.

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Jude hosts the Bench challenge on her blog, suggesting a new theme for each month. She posts her response on a Sunday but bloggers are welcome to post on any day and as often as they want. Posts are tagged with the phrase “bench series” so bloggers can easily find benches to enjoy.

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Mondays

Every Monday Kat shares a favourite piece of music. Music Mondays is a week long event. Join me in sharing what you enjoy listening to, what song is currently stuck in your head, or even a song that you have listened to for the first time during the past week.

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Michelle runs a Photo Fiction challenge every Thursday. The challenge is to write a piece of 300 words in reponse to a photo prompt.

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Every week The Blog Propellant runs a prompt for both fiction and non-fiction writing.

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French Friday is an event run by an Australian blogger who loves France and French culture.

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Mundane Monday is an event hosted by PhoTrablogger. On Mondays the challenge is to photograph the mundane and show its beauty.

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Photo of the Week is hosted by Clare and Dean. The challenge is to post a photo you have taken in the last week on a Monday and explain why it appeals to you.

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In Other WordsEvery Wednesday Patricia hosts In Other Words. She will post a quote and a word as a prompt. The challenge is to use the quote or the word to create a post: fiction, non-fiction, a poem, a commentary

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weekendcoffeeshareDiane as The Part-Time Monster hosts a Weekend Coffee Share. Bloggers are encouraged to share their weekly events starting with the phrase “If we were having coffee …”

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Feel free to post in the comment section some of the prompts you use. I may even join you if the inspiration grabs me. 

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15 thoughts on “Inspiring Prompts

  1. I like the idea of this page, Colline. Maybe I’ll think about doing something similar. Thanks for the idea. I usually try to take part in the “Friday Fictioneers” 100-Word story challenges and the “100-Word Challenge for Grown-Ups.” This last week I started connecting with “Velvet Verbosity,” which is also a 100-Word story challenge. These challenges make me really work to write more in less words, and that’s a great exercise. In fact, I try to get all of my creative writing students in my junior college classes to start a blog and take part in these kinds of challenges. It’s some of the best practice they can get. I also post challenges on my own site from time to time. I post prompts for stories of 100-500 words and for various kinds of poetry.

    Friday Fictioneers: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/7-march-2014/
    100-Word Challenge for Grown-Ups: http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week124/

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    1. I have read a few of your stories Sandra and enjoyed them. I will consider joining you for these prompts. If I add them to my page, I will know where to find them in order to participate.

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  2. I have been wondering about your gratitude project, Colline. Would it be OK to post a photo instead of a text sometimes, or is it a writing challenge/project exclusively?

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    1. You are welcome to post a photo Paula. I write because I enjoy writing and I try to find a photo to match. There are others who post a photo. I love looking at both types of posts as they both highlight the things we can be grateful for in our lives.

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