Battle Prompts
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Short Story Prompt for January “Park.” #BlogBattle.

Monthly writing prompts for writers needing practice, support and a friendly community. Try something new this year

BlogBattle has an upper limit of 2000 words. This is maximum and not a target everyone must hit. The minimum word count is 250, so anything between the two is perfectly acceptable.

Poetry, by it’s nature can drop under the minimum so no need to worry too much. 

It would help grow the community if prompts, story post and individual short stories or poems are shared more on social media. I have heard comments relating to that in terms of some writers not being very active. It is worth mentioning this is an area an aspiring author must get to grips with for publication purposes. Most agents and publishing houses will ask for your social media outlets.

Make sure you post your story by the third Friday of each month.

Once your story is posted, put a link to it in the comments section of the prompt post. We can then add your story to the Battle Stories line-up which is published at the start of week three. If you refer, and direct a link, to the actual prompt post then it will also appear as a ping-back there.


 

January 2022 BlogBattle

Our word this month is:

“PARK”

Link your story here for ping-backs or post the URL to it.


Use the hashtag #BlogBattle on Twitter. If you link me in too
@GaryJefferies10 then I’ll also retweet it.

 


 

Basic Rules:

The Prompt Word will be given the first Friday of every month

Post your story by the Third Friday of Every Month (the same day as the story post goes live).

  1. Write a minimum of  250 and a maximum of 2000 words (give or take a few).
  2. It can be fiction, based on a true story, poetry or even a memoir.
  3. Any genre that fits within PG-13 (or less) including content must be family friendly.
  4. Your story must contain the randomly chosen prompt word(s) and/or be centered around the word meaning in a way that shows it is clearly related.
  5. Go for the entertainment value.
  6. Put a link back to your #BlogBattle short story in the comments section.
  7. Please tweet and otherwise share your battler buddies’ stories across social media.
  8. Use the hashtag #BlogBattle when tweeting all the stories so we can cross-share.


ANY PHOTOS INCLUDED WITH THE PROMPT ARE FOR YOUR BENEFIT FOR INSPIRATION. THEY DON’T NEED TO DICTATE YOUR THEME OR STORY GENRE. ONLY THE WORD OF THE MONTH COUNTS! PHOTOS ARE THANKS TO PUBLIC DOMAIN PHOTO SHARING SITES LIKE UNSPLASH AND PIXABAY.


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Former research scientist the became the primary stay at home Dad for two children. Writing has always been factual in the previous life but always had a fascination with fiction but never been brave enough to develop it further. A comfort zone thing. Science writing is familiar, fiction is not. Hopefully the blog will provide more confidence and lead to a change in career writing from home around children!

4 Comments

  1. Hi Gary,
    Hoping by (a bit late) to wish you a fantastic 2022!
    This year, I hope to tap into my creative side a bit more and maybe, I will participate in one of th blog-battles.
    Sending a big hug, XxX

    • Hi Patty. It’s been a long time since I was here. Nearly a year in fact. Had a break as writing seemed to avoid my world for various reasons. Happy New year to you too. Really hope you do have a go at BB too. It’s a good meeting place for creatives x

  2. As you know, Gary, I used to be an active participant in Blog Battle and gained much from it. However the last edition (not edited by you) decided to allow a blatant political diatribe as a postscript to a story. When I objected I was accused of trying to silence an opinion. In my view, story sites are about just that, not a platform for political views. When that is made clear Blog Battle policy, I will return but not until then.

    • I hear you Doug. As you know I also feel stories should sit as stories without addenda. It’s a writing platform so if something is not inside the text it shouldn’t really be there at all. Fictional characters with strong POV’s I can defend. Without them most stories fall flat. The postscript was unnecessary. I’ll revisit this now Abes (AEB) is onboard and see if this can be made clearer

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