When you start a writing blog, there’s only a couple ways to start interacting with other writers and readers:
- Depend on people you already know to follow links to your blog
- Start using your blog to interact with other bloggers
If you’ve got #1 set because you’re a Twitter star, congrats! That’s awesome!
Most of us, however, have to (or want to) deal with #2, and a great way to do that is through the use of prompts.
If you’re not convinced, keep reading – otherwise, scroll down to find a list of active prompts (curated by me and checked at least monthly for dead links).
“Aren’t prompts just limiting my creativity?” you may say.
To you, my fine friend, I must admit that it’s possible! Sometimes I answer a prompt and feel like the sliver of garbage I spewed out would have been better left with my other thoughts that go completely forgotten. You may, as well, be a person who isn’t blogging for interaction and, instead, want to just have a place to send your mom when you come up with something.
But prompts can give you an in on something it’s hard to find otherwise – other great blogs. Just reading some of the responses to the prompt – usually in the comments – can lead you to other blogs to follow. You can comment on these blogs and start talking with people. Most of the blogs I follow were found by sifting through prompts and finding some of the authors I enjoyed reading most.
As well, you can respond to the prompt. If you leave a comment along with all the others, a permanent link to your blog will show up on another page – a page that probably has more viewers than a fresh, new blog does! Other people may take a liking to your work if they click on it, and they may leave comments for you.
A lot of the prompt-followers are some of the most die-hard bloggers, and that’s something you’ll want in your back pocket to encourage you during the hard times when the blog isn’t growing and giving your brain those sweet, sweet dopamine hits.
Unfortunately, I cannot cover all the bases – if I could, I would probably be a computer!* Anyway, here are some blogs that post prompts and a brief description of how those work. Prompts on hiatus and legacy prompts are listed at the bottom.
1,000 word stories for this monthly challenge! New challenges appear on the First Tuesday of every month.
99 words – no more no less – for this amazing Thursday flash fiction prompt based off a word or small group of words. This blog gives you everything: a large community with a tight-knit feel, a round-up based on a submission form, and even a yearly competition.
Crimson’s Creative Challenge
A smaller writing challenge blog that’s just starting out (as of January 2019), join this if you want to grow with the site. It’ll probably do great, since it’s attracting several microinfluencers.
A set of poetry prompts that comes out on a well-defined schedule. Tons of people join in, so it’s a great place for poets to go for extra challenges.
Fandango’s One Word Challenge and Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge
#FOWC, well established, is a moderately popular challenge. This one gives you a word that must be used in the post. No word limits on this one! Curation is done through tags.
Similarly, the Flash Fiction Challenge (#FFFC) has no word limits, but there is a photo to spur your creativity. Thanks to MyForeverBlog for pointing this one out!
Fiction in a Flash Challenge
A challenge without many constraints, Suzanne Burke’s Fiction in a Flash Challenge also showcases different writers in the prompt post itself. Just as an aside: the link will bring you to the contest category of Burke’s page, but she shares every response with a reblog and you may have to search a while for the prompt page itself.
Frank J. Tassone’s Haikai Challenge
I’ve seen some fantastic entries for this syllabic poetry challenge that goes live every Monday. The current set of regular participants are some very high quality writers, so join in!
(You’ll need to follow Frank J. Tassone to easily find the challenge, or you’ll need to use this link to find the challenges. His blog isn’t organized for you to easily find the challenges – otherwise I’d have gotten this link up earlier!)
Limit your tales to 100 words as you respond to a photo prompt. Uses an In-Linkz linkup to quickly show you who else has posted that week.
Linda G. Hill Prompts
Linda G. Hill has the weekly Stream of Consciousness Saturday and One-Liner Wednesday. There is the monthly Coloring challenge, and Just-Jot-It Januaries happen throughout the month of January each year.
A different kind of prompt with different rules appear nearly every day on this site! If you don’t know what kind of prompt you want to do, this is a good place to play around.
On-Line Writer’s Guild
A list of three prompts that you can mix and match between – try to get all three if you can! This prompt has been rather long-lived, so you can depend on the creator of the OLWG to keep you going.
Putting My Feet in the Dirt
Putting My Feet in the Dirt gives a new prompt for every day by posting a monthly plan on the first of the month. At the end of the month, Michelle Cook organizes your posts for a round-up.
Reena’s Exploration Challenge
A phrase or word prompt that has no word count or format rules. Currently a smaller set of regular respondents – join this if you want to get into a tight community, and follow Reena regardless because of her raw talent!
Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge
A Monday prompt for Haikus! A rather popular prompt to follow, this one will get you started well on poetry prompting.
Six Sentence Story
A Thursday prompt word sparks a story measured in sentences – not words or characters – which gives this prompt a rather interesting feel.
Song Lyric Sunday
Everyone’s been wanting it, and now it’s finally here! A music-based inspiration prompt! Curated and invented by the reliable Fandango.
A photo-based prompt that comes out every Sunday. Curated using Mr. Linky links. This might be a good one for WordPressers to get into, as it’s a BlogSpot blog and can introduce you to another world of writing fun! Thanks to Joem18B for pointing this out to me!
A weekly wordle to get you inspired. Curated by a Mr. Linky.
A form poetry prompt every Tuesday, this prompt is great for beginning poets. The community is friendly, and it’s big enough that someone is sure to stumble upon your stuff too! Excellent instructions are provided, and the Mr. Linky curation is easy.
Teensy Writing Contest
A seasonal contest wherein authors write something aimed at children. There tends to be prizes! Thanks to Chelsea Owens for pointing this one out.
Three Line Challenge
A 100-word flash challenge that must be completed in three lines – no more no less! This is a photo challenge that posts on Thursdays.
Three Things Challenge (3TC)
A daily prompt that I see come on my feed quite often. Paula provides three words that may not seem related for you to weave into a quick tale. (Previously run by The Haunted Wordsmith).
A short phrase or smattering of words is given on Tuesdays. Respond with something short and sweet. Moderately well-followed, curated through comment sharing.
VJ’s Weekly Challenge
VJ makes a Monday post talking about life and winds it up with a related prompt.
Weekend Writing Prompt
Sammi Cox’s Saturday prompt is great because the word length always changes. The community is still growing, but the prompts are solid.
A weekly challenge posted on Thursdays by Trent on Trent’s World. Response posts must be dedicated to things that make you smile. Well curated, and VERY positive. Thanks to Marsha Writes for pointing out this challenge.
Word of the Day Challenge
A daily prompt that gives a single word as a thought provoker. Also posts the Kira’s Sunday Scribbles (mentioned above).
Writer’s Quote Wednesday
Nervous about sharing your own stuff right now? Have something that fits the time, the season, and moves the soul? This one is for you. You can put as much or as little explanation as you want. And, what’s more, the themes are pre-posted on the page so you can plan ahead!
Yeah Write Challenges (LINK UPDATED)
A set of true contests, one of which has a cash prize, winners of the various challenges are announced weekly. Uses InLinkz software to collect submissions.
Write a story in 42 words – a difficult challenge on its own, Stacey also happens to give really unique words that can spark a wide variety of responses. Take a peek!
50 Word Challenge
This page is hard to navigate; to find the most recent challenge, you’ll need to have some reading glasses on and scroll through the recent posts on the left side of the page. However, every Thursday a new prompt from Kristian surfaces, and the participants seem to have fun! The Haunted Wordsmith makes roundups.
On Hiatus prompts are those that have missed 3 or more predicted prompt postings (or a month without a post, if it’s a monthly or biweekly posting) when I check up on them. The dates are the dates I decided to move them into the Hiatus category, not the dates they went on Hiatus.
Eugi’s Causerie I (On Hiatus 11/04/2020 – Promises a return)
A phrase or word is used for inspiration with Eugi’s weekly prompt. Any format or type is acceptable here. Quickly growing popular!
Imprompt Prompts (On Hiatus 12/1/2020)
A daily prompt site with very light curation. Participants and friends do comment, but it’s very low pressure. This is great for people who might not want a community to join so much as a challenge.
Six Word Story (On Hiatus 11/6/2020)
A six word story including 1 word as a prompt? Wowza! This is harder than you’d think!
#writephoto (On Hiatus 9/10/2020 – hoping S.C. Vincent gets to feeling better! Follow her blog!)
A popular Thursday photo prompt with excellent curation. A ton of people participate, so you’ll be seen out and about on this fantastic blog.
Legacy prompts are those prompts that have either been on hiatus for a couple months without indication of return, or those prompts which announced an end date. They are saved here for posterity’s sake and may return to active use if the author chooses to update them. However, I won’t check these links as often – if your prompt is in here and you need it taken out, give me a comment.
Aether Prompts (Legacy as of 8/7/2019)
An weekly image prompt that theoretically had a real (real!?) prize for the best speculative fiction story at the end of the year. These stories were short enough (100 words) to fit on the image prompt – I suggest looking at past entries and winners!
Capture a Critter (Legacy as of 06/09/2020)
A writing prompt based off animals! A very cute idea that deserves a bit of love. Thanks to Chelsea Owens for finding this one! Went legacy because I think all the links died.
Daily Inklings (Legacy as of 9/20/2019)
If you were to look at these prompts as a Wheel-of-Fortune category, you’d get something like ‘common phrases’ or ‘weird things.’ These prompts can be any form of writing – it just asks for a blog post, not necessarily a story or a poem.
Don Massenzio’s Stock Photo Challenge (Legacy as of 7/21/2019)
A sadly short-lived photo challenge. The photos are all royalty free, so you can feel good that research has been done to give you something you’re allowed to use.
Flash Fiction Challenge
Joanne the Geek sponsored this monthly challenge.
Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (Legacy as of 1/2019)
Ending in January 2019, this epic, long-lived photo challenge series still exists in the form of a flash-fiction archive. Even though it’s over, you can still comb it for inspiration.
Foto Flash Fiction Challenge (Legacy as of 6/9/2020)
An In-Linkz curated flash fiction challenge for stories of 500 words or less. The blogger is mostly a photoblogger, so the link still has some interesting places to go.
I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge (Legacy as of 3/1/2020)
Using only a haiku or senryu, respond to an intriguing stock photo. New challenges every Tuesday. I think this one looks hard, so go here if you want to stretch your abilities!
Just Start Writing (Seems to keep going on and off Hiatus, but went back on 3/26/2020 and is currently legacy)
A prompt on most Mondays for 200-250 word works of any genre.
Kira’s Sunday Scribbles (Legacy As of 06/23/2020)
A picture drawn by Kira for your inspiration! Give a story or poem based off the art given.
A contest for flash fiction between 100 and 250 words with a rotating judgeship. The prompts are a combination of picture, phrase, or words, depending on what the judge wants. Winners will be touted on Twitter or other social media. Contest only lasts one day, though – Monday – so get those writing engines revved!
Peter Wyn’s Writing Prompts (Legacy as of 8/1/2020)
An eclectic sort of writing prompt that died in its cradle
Speculative Writing Challenge (Legacy after a somewhat confusing, sputtering end)
A monthly challenge with a wide variety of prompt types.
Sunday Photo Fiction (Legacy as of 6/30/2020, though I should have realized far earlier)
A 200-word-or-less story based on a provided photo. Popular around the town!
Tell Tale Thursday (Legacy as of 8/21/2019)
In-Linkz curated prompt for fiction up to 250 words.
Terrible Poetry Contest (Legacy as of 5/2020)
No, it’s not just about writing poetry poorly – it’s also about writing a poem with a terrible subject, like crappy bosses or other poopy things.
Time to Write (Legacy as of 11/17/2019)
Rachel Poli’s popular, and you’ll get prompts with a lot of variety from her site. It’s a little more difficult to see comments and get involved, but they’re great prompts nonetheless.
Tuesday Photo Challenge (Legacy as of 8/1/2020)
A VERY popular prompt set, this would be a great place to jump in to generate hoopla quickly. Run by a photographer, you’re sure to get great prompts.
Twittering Tales (Legacy as of 9/6/2020)
A picture prompt that requires a response so short that it’s Tweetable! A really popular prompt, and one you can use to expand your presence on Twitter as well as WordPress.
Wacky Weekend Challenge (Legacy as of 4/6/2019)
This prompt was run by the Dark Netizen. Check out his blog and follow in case he revamps the challenge!
What Do You See? (Link removed because it started taking me to weird places)
A weekly photo prompt where you can write anything you want (within reason, of course!) in response. Curation is done through pingbacks/comments.
What Pegman Saw (Legacy for sure as of 6/20/2020)
Unlike any other prompt I’ve come across! This one chooses a location on Google Maps and encourages you to take tours and write about the place.
Write Now (Legacy as of 5/20/2020)
Though not yet very well followed (at least not on WP), the posters are regular and happen to sport a very nice-looking site. The prompts come in the form of phrases.
(5) Word Weekly Writing Challenge (Legacy as of 3/13/2019)
Challenge responses must contain all FIVE words given in the prompt, but you aren’t limited to poetry, prose, or (unless self-imposed) word count. Prompts are posted on Mondays.
100 Word Wednesday (Legacy as of 11/17/2019)
A photo based prompt, 100 Word Wednesday is a mid-week prompt from Bikurgurl. Use tags 100WW or #100WW to help people find your response.
See you around!
So come along, choose a prompt – or two! – and join in. If you join one of the prompts I participate in, you’ll probably see my little icon slithering around the comments on your site!
*HRR is, sadly, not a computer as of 24 December 2020. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that this fateful transformation has occurred prior to your current reading.
116 thoughts on “How Writing Prompts Can Help Your Blog”
What a great list, and I’m so happy to be included, though new to the prompt-offering community. I’ve seen a lot of these around and wish I could participate in them all. I agree that it’s a fun way to meet other bloggers, specifically writing bloggers. We find fans, become fans, and who knows, connect with future beta-readers, readers, and reviewers. All good stuff! I’m saving this post for later use. It’s a wonderful resource. 🙂 Happy Writing!
Thanks! I hope even veteran bloggers will like the list of prompts. When I did the research for this post, I felt like I couldn’t possibly do the variety out there complete justice!
I’m sure the list will come in handy for anyone who loves writing from prompts. The variety is awesome, and it is a great way to connect. 🙂
Lovely list. I see you don’t have Colleen Chesebro here, she also offers a lovely poetry challenge. I do three prompts in a week among other things.
She’s there, just listed under Tanka Tuesday so she’s a bit harder to find! I love Colleen’s community.
Yay! I’m mentioned!!! And I’ve always wanted to enter some of those others you mentioned.
(I need to make an editorial note, though. It IS about writing poetry terribly. Didn’t you read my How-To article? 😀 )
I just now went and read it – evidently I’m nowhere near a good enough judge of poetry to be able to tell! 🙂
The first time I ran the contest, everyone wrote such lovely poems. The topics were a bit bad, and that was all. I realized I needed to clarify what I was looking for.
I have participated in many of the ones you list and shall pin this for in case my head fogs and like an eraser leaves no creases or shaddows for me to grasp.
I’m hopeful that the list will be helpful to a lot of people!
I am sure it will.
No problem! Just looking to save everyone time.
Thanks for compiling that list.
My blog has really taken off since I began writing story prompts. I now have more people following, reading, and liking my posts which is great. I’ve found I quite enjoy coming up with a narrative based on a word prompt. Sometimes I wish I had a few more words to play with. The Sammi Cox ones can be challenging especially if you only have around 17 words to write a story with. I might try a few of the others you suggested.
I think the prompts are quite good writing exercises and are helping to improve my narrative style, and they’re also a lot of fun and introduced me to quite a few other writers. I would certainly recommend them for any blogger starting out as it would be a good way to build an audience and meet other writers.
I fiddled with doing my own thing for a long time, and I don’t know why I decided to start answering a prompt. After I did, I realized why people do them – not only was I compelled to read more prompt responses and find out how other people did it, I found my own blog started getting reads. I may eventually cut down on some prompts, but for now it’s both a great way to practice writing in a concise manner AND find other blogs.
I haven’t done all of these yet – and I’m sure there are more out there – but all of them have participants.
This is a great resource! I’ve never participated, mostly due to lack of time, but perhaps it’s time to spread my wings a bit. I certainly could use more friends and fans among fellow writers. The question is where to start?? The photo prompts really interest me the most.
I participate in a few of these, and others I’ve done a couple times.
If you want to start doing prompts, I’d choose one popular one (you can tell which ones those are by how many entries they have) and one that’s a little on the sly. See how you like each one and their feel. If you don’t like either, you can easily quit.
Also, read some of the entries, look at some of those comments. That’s how I decided to start my first prompt (Carrot Ranch).
If you’re interested in the photos, I’d try Sunday Photo Fiction or #writephoto first.
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H.R.R. Gorman has compiled a fabulous list of writing challenges, poetry challenges, and photo/writing challenges for use in our writing community. What are you waiting for? GET writing! ❤
Thanks! Hope some people find places they can contribute!
All of this practice makes us better poets and writers. It’s a joy to create. ❤
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Agreat resource for anyone looking for writing prompts!
Thanks for the mention of the writephoto challenge…and for not only beating me to a post I keep meaning to write, but for doing it far more comprehensively than I could have managed 🙂
I still want to be even more comprehensive – if you know of any more prompts, I’ll keep a running tally! Sometimes a community is right for someone but not for others, so having options laid out plainly can be helpful.
I think you have covered all the ones that I am aware of… and then some.
This is a great list. I’m always looking for inspiration. Thanks also for mentioning my challenge, twittering Tales. Challenges drop every Tuesday completer with a roundup of the previous week’s challenge results (including a link to each author’page). I think challenges are a great way to expand your connection to other bloggers.
Definitely! If you’re new, they can get you immersed in the community quickly. If you’re not new, you can use a new challenge to expand your repertoire or find new blogs to follow! Thanks for curating the Twittering Tales!
My pleasure! 😊
What a great public service post. I have tried many of these. Good communities all. I need to be prompted to write, and it is fun to see how one prompt elicits such varied responses.
I hope it’s helpful. There’s a lot of these I haven’t tried yet, and I bet there’s even more I’ve left off!
I’ve done some of my most visible writing for the Carrot Ranch 99 word prompts, also some of my funniest.
The Carrot Ranch is, indeed, one of my favorites. Now that my usual FFfAW has come to a conclusion, I’m looking to sample a few more of these prompts and see where they take me!
Keep the funny coming to the Ranch, Robert! We can all use a chuckle now and again.
Now more than ever! 😀
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Shared by Colleen Chesebro this post by H.R.R. Gorman shares the benefits of rising to the various challenges on WordPress that are also included. I would add that if you are an author who would like to encourage readers to come to your blog, this is a great way to do that too. As well as being fun. I am managing one or two a week and it is also a great way to develop other forms of writing.. #recommended
Thank you for this great list! And for the information about how these challenges are helpful. I’ll be returning here repeatedly as I jump in the fun!
If you find some that I miss, feel free to let me know! I’m sharing this info with Colleen Cheseboro and others so the list can be improved, updated, and curated.
Thanks so much!
You are so right here! I have build much of my blog and following through some of these very prompts.
The beauty is you can do as many or as few as you want!
I know I have at least one every day that I would take part in weekly and the interaction really built up!
Yes! Prompts are helpful in so many ways. I’ve seen you around – especially remember some of your fantastic flash during the rodeo!
Thank you so much, ☺️
Great list. I following participate in a couple of these writing prompts. They do help in many ways. I’m always looking for ways to keep creative, so your post was perfect.
If you don’t do a prompt, give it a try. You might like it., and some are super challenging.
I do several of these, but a new goal I have is to try a few more every week. Each community is so different and unique, so you can’t now for sure if you’d like it until you try!
I admit I haven’t done very many writing challenges. I love photo challenges, though. I don’t host any, but I compiled a list of Photo Challenges, some of which also involve writing if you want them to. https://marshajustwrites.com/tips-challenges/ Hope this is helpful to some of your writing friends. 🙂
This is great! I’ll look through these. Thanks!
I enjoy writing to several of them as I do my travel blogging. I have bookmarked your post, though to help me write. 🙂
Thanks! Hope you find some inspiring prompts!
Me too. Do you have a favorite one or two?
I think the Carrot Ranch and Tanka Tuesday are currently my favorites.
Carrot Ranch I know. I will check out Tanka Tuesday. 🤗
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A great job of finding all the challenges and the blogs, Gorman. I have participated quite a few over the years and it’s a great way to connect. Everyone should keep your post handy.
Colleen has provided a widget on her Tanka Tuesday stuff – I just need to make sure I keep the list up to date!
I participate in the photo challenge shared the hosting by four bloggers. This week is Amy https://theshowersofblessings.com/2019/02/04/lens-artists-photo-challenge-31-landscape/
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge shared the hosting by:
Amy- The World is a Book https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com
Tina Schell – Travels and Trifles https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/
Anne-Christine – LEYA https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Patti Moed P.A. Moed https://pilotfishblog.com/
Thanks – it looks like I may need to start making sections for different types of challenges!
I used to do Cee’s Challenges. When WordPress stopped have Word Prompt and Photo Challenges, she created a list of different challenges for people to go https://ceenphotography.com/for-the-love-of-challenges/
She used to host 4 challenges, after it hit 1,000,000 visits, she dropped to 2, and one blogger took over one of the challenges.
Cool! I’ll look at them!
I think you have almost all of them and more!
Oh cool! That’s awesome!
I know I’m missing a lot of photo prompts. I may try looking around more at those in the near future.
Thanks for your help!
You’re welcome. You’re doing great!
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That’s quite a collection of sites – thanx for providing it. I hope to visit them and find one or more that speak to me; it might be nice to have prompts coming at me from somewhere OUTSIDE of me for a change.
Prompts definitely increase blog interactivity, too! Check one out.
Followed you here from your comment on one of my posts, you are so correct; what a way to receive followers also ideas born from the prompts.
I have learned much I was unaware of all the different bloggers offering prompts.
Thank you so much for all these opportunities, now to sharpen my imagination and see what I can come up with.
Excellent! All of these prompts are excellent for meeting other people. I try to keep up with them and mark which ones are no longer active, so anything you choose should still be good!
Fandango started a new one today the tag is #FFFC, in case you haven’t heard.
I hadn’t! I checked it out and added it.
Wow…what a list! I’m focused on one right now, but it’s great to have this resource. Thank you.
Awesome! What prompt do you usually do?
What a treasure chest of writing prompts. Thank you so much for all these links. Especially for the mention, 🙂.
Sumiting for prompts has helped me in ny own writing ✍️ .
I bookmarked this post.
I like to explore new prompts when one of my usual weeklies experiences technical difficulties. New ones keep getting added, so don’t be surprised if you see more soon!
More and more seem to pop up lately. One can only do so much in one week…if one has life, and I do…hehe
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I thank you for including CCC in your list of blog prompts. Myself, I was resistant to prompts for the first six years of blogging, and only got involved through Sammi as a means of retaining my followers’ interest in crimsonprose while I’m otherwise engaged in prepping my e-book (quint) for Kindle. No one warned me of the extra work involved, not helped by my more recent follows of Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt and What Pegman Saw.
But fun. And definitely not wasted time. I’ve discovered I have a talent for poetry and micro-fiction. And I’d thought my talents restricted to mega-word novels!
I’ve done my best to make this post as comprehensive as I can. It updates every so often, and I try to make sure the contests/prompts are ongoing every once in a while.
But yes! Prompts are fantastic. I’m considering hosting one, but I’m not sure what kind of niche I would be able to fill. Something to consider, eh?
Indeed. I’m a keen photographer, so got me, photos were the obvious. As to a new niche, gosh, I’d say The Haunted Wordsmith has stolen them all! She does run several, and they tend to change often. I wish you well with finding a new one.
This is a great collection of links, I didn’t know about many of these.
I pride myself on keeping up with a fairly detailed collection. A couple of these probably need to move into the ‘hiatus’ status, but I try to check all the links at least once a month.
(Also, definitely my most read post, so I have to keep it up ;)!)
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A great list of many blog challenges you can get involved in from author H. R. R Gorman
Fantastic list some of which I participate in or have participated in the past. I’ve reblogged for future reference. I’m sure my readers would be most interested.
I try to keep it updated and new ones keep getting added when I find them! Hope others enjoy.
Great idea fantastic resource. 🙂
That is an absolutely amazing resource.
I cannot wait to go and discover some of them.
Do it! If you want to get in on a prompt that’s new, I’ve got a lead on a new one starting up that I haven’t had time to add yet! He’s spoken with me and plans to make a more formal prompt type soon: https://aelliottbooks.com/category/photo-prompt/
Fantastic resource. I’ve got the writing prompt bug but was struggling to find good/reliable prompts. Thanks bookmarked 😉
No problem! I tend to check all the links once a month, so everything should still be going.
Quite a list! I’ve never tried any prompt, I guess because I ask the same question your fictive friend asked. But hey, never say never. I do know a lot of great stuff comes out of the prompts. I’m actually dreaming about the inktober project, which is about illustrations rather than writing, but I just don’t have time… It’s supposed to be one illustration a day all of October. Not this year either, it seems. Some day I will. Some year.
I can’t draw either fast or well (though I think I’m not ‘the worst’)! The main thing about prompts is it makes it easy for new bloggers to get exposure. You’re pretty well established with your groove, so it’s probably not that useful anymore.
couple i’m not seeing in your list. maybe i’m just missing them?
microcosms – http://microcosmsfic.com/ – they call them contests but to me they’re really 300-word-limit prompts.
imaginary forest with real toads – http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/ – various challenges. but hang on. maybe your list is exclusively wordpress sites…
if so, nevermind…
It’s easier for me to find WP sites because the of the reader and the way the community works, but I would definitely like to branch out! Thanks – I’ll be adding them soon!
just posted on The Sunday Muse – http://thesundaymuse.blogspot.com/
sorry if i just missed this one in the list above.
I’ll keep an eye out – super busy right now with some work things, but suggestions for this are on my to-do list!
IMPROMPT PROMPTS – no activity since July? thanks.
If you want this sort of feedback posted elsewhere, or not at all, let me know.
No, these are helpful – I usually check on the 23rd of every month, but I’ve recently been working on my PhD dissertation and haven’t had time.
first things first
by the way, what’s your dissertation subject?
Chemical engineering. Bioseparations, if you want more detail.
a multifarious field. hope you’re having fun with it, as much as is possible with a dissertation.
Well, this ‘doing prompts’ stuff works.
I found your site through visiting the blogs of fellow Chelsea’s Terrible Poetry entrants this week and then came upon this very handy list. Thanks for doing the research for us more lazy asses.
Haha, no problem. I need to update it again!
Thank you so much, H.R.R., for compiling and posting this list. I have seen quite a few writing prompts on Twitter, but it is so much better to have everything in one place.
All the best,
Thanks! This comment does remind me I need to go through and check the links again, haha!
🙂 Haven’t gotten to clicking on any yet. Too tempting and I want to finish the work I set for today first. But If I find any dead links I’ll let you know.
Have a great week further.
I love this list! I will include a link to it on my blog as well. Could you add my new challenge to the list. Colleen Chesebro asked me to revitalize a challenge she and Ronovan used to host called Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge. It’s in its third week of operation. Here is a link to the page. https://tchistorygal.net/writers-quotes-wednesday-writers-challenge/ Thank you so much!
Yes! I’ll add that. Thanks!
Thank you so much.
I’ve included this page on my page of Challenge Tips and Resources. https://tchistorygal.net/blogging-skills/photo-challenges/ Thanks again for doing this work.
The six word story is back and Sue Vincent #photo has transferred
Thanks! I hope to get around to re-inspecting this page soon.