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The No ‘E’ Challenge

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Ready for another challenge? This challenge is to get you thinking about word choice and not relying on words you are used to using. It’s about stepping outside your comfort zone and finding new words to enhance your writing.

Here are the rules:

  1. Write a paragraph (or two) based on one of the word prompts or the picture prompt below.
  2. You may not use the letter ‘e’ in any word in your paragraph.
  3. If you are comfortable sharing, come back in 2 weeks and share in the comments of the ‘share day’ post (if you subscribe to this blog–it’s free!–you will know as soon as the post goes live).

Here are the word prompts:

 

Beach

 

School

 

Spring

 

And here is the picture prompt:

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Good luck!

 

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November Inspiration

We’re halfway through November, which means many writers out there are halfway through NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) or PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month). Some of you might be starting to feel the mid-November slump and need some fresh inspiration to get over the hump and reach your daily goals. I’ve included extra picture prompts this month, so hopefully there will be something here to help spark your muse.

PICTURE PROMPTS

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Where is this? What significance does the butterfly have? Is the butterfly the main character or does it play another role in the story?

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What is the dragon protecting and why? Is it a good dragon or an evil dragon? Is the dragon the main character or another part of the story?

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Where is this? What significance does the duck have in the story? Is it the main character or just part of the scene? Who might be looking at the duck? Does the rain have any significance in the story?

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

  • Horse
  • Fair ground
  • Hero
  • Moustache
  • Argentina

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

  • Turkey
  • Gunpowder
  • Day of the Dead
  • Lantern
  • Children

GENERAL

  • Saint
  • Adoption
  • Scorpion
  • Citris
  • Drums
  • Soldier
  • Remember

September Inspiration

Here in the Southern Hemisphere spring has sprung! But if the beautiful spring weather (or the arrival of autumn and all its wonderful colours for those above the equator) isn’t sparking your creativity, here are some prompts to help inspire you.

PICTURE PROMPT

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Where is this? Who is taking the photo and why? What is that black shadow in the sky? (you can click on picture for larger view)

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

  • Spring
  • Father
  • Grand final
  • Heritage
  • Sneeze
  • Rain
  • Chile

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

  • School
  • Autumn
  • Work
  • Moon
  • Harvest
  • Regatta
  • Remembrance

GENERAL

  • Sapphire
  • Minerva
  • The number seven
  • Basil
  • 30 days
  • Maiden

June Inspiration

Need some writing inspiration this month? With summer holidays starting in the Northern Hemisphere and cold wintry days perfect for writing in the Southern Hemisphere, you don’t want to be stuck for ideas, so here are some prompts:

PICTURE PROMPT

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Where is this place? What does the crow signify? Is the crow the main character? The main character’s pet? Part of the scenery? An omen?

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

  • Fireplace
  • Winter
  • Queen
  • Marathon
  • Football/rugby

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

  • Vacation
  • Beach
  • Father
  • Fish
  • Ulysses

GENERAL

  • Twins
  • Marriage
  • Youth/children
  • Flag
  • Solstice
  • Skateboard

May Inspiration

With NaPiBoWriWee and Short Story Month currently happening, I’m sure there are quite a few of you looking for inspiration this month. Since these events are happening, and since I didn’t do an inspiration post in March or April, I’ve added some extra inspiration in this month, including TWO picture prompts!

PICTURE PROMPTS

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Picture Prompt 1

Where does the road lead? What’s beyond the fog? Who is travelling this road? What does the fog mean?

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Picture Prompt 2

Who does this belong to? What does it contain? How did it come to be here?

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

  • Leaves
  • Autumn
  • Sign language
  • Music
  • Butterfly
  • Revolution
  • Red

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

  • Flowers
  • Sunshine
  • Sneeze
  • Children
  • Maypole
  • Horse
  • Cinco de Mayo

GENERAL

  • Mother
  • The number five
  • Fertility
  • Elders
  • Soldier
  • Nurse
  • Dance

February Inspiration

Looking for some inspiration for your picture book, short story or poetry this month? Hopefully there will be something here to spark your muse.

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What sort of bird left this feather behind? Where is it? What is the bird’s story? Or what is the story of the person who finds the feather? What does the feather signify?

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

  • Fire
  • Flood
  • New Zealand
  • Sun
  • School

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

  • Family
  • Pearls of ice
  • Football
  • Groundhog
  • Flag

GENERAL

  • Pancakes
  • Valentine
  • Water
  • Wedding
  • Red

January Inspiration

Although this post is primarily written with those partaking in 12 x 12 in mind, it can serve as inspiration for anyone in need of a writing muse.

It’s the first month of 12 x 12, so hopefully you’ve come into the challenge full of fresh ideas, ready to write and, for some, maybe a notepad full of ideas from PiBoIdMo. But maybe you’re already lost. Maybe you did 12 x 12 last year and you’ve exhausted your well of ideas. Maybe you thought your ideas were great, but now when you try to write a PB, they’re not sparking like you expected. But not to worry, if you need a bit of inspiration, here is a list of prompts (including a picture prompt). Maybe a single prompt word will prompt a story. Maybe a combination of prompt words will. Hopefully there will be something there to inspire you. Good luck!

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Who is she? Where is she? What is she doing? Why?

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

  • Summer
  • Holiday
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbeque
  • Australia/New Zealand

 

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

  • Snowman
  • Frosty window
  • Winter
  • Martin Luther King
  • Fire

 

GENERAL

  • Snake
  • Fireworks
  • Doorway
  • Wolf