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THE WRITING EXERCISE IS OVER.

So, this is it. The End. Under the new rules, the deadline was extended and two images offered. The interest and participation has been zero.

Therefore, there will be no more prompts, no more writing exercise. It's been fun, but it's over.

Photo by Al x on Unsplash.com.
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Writing Exercise #1: June 15-July 1, 2018

Welcome to the new Writing Exercise! For those of you who've been following along, these are the changes I'm making:

- I'll usually be giving two prompt images instead of only one.
- Word limit: stories can be up to 1000 words. No lower limit anyway.
- Exercises will run fortnightly. This one will run until Sunday, July 1, and then we'll have one every two weeks, starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday.
- The contest side is dropped. Voting for your favourites is still encouraged, though.

That's it. Without further ado, today I bring you two characters by the immensely talented artist Jessica Madorran (aka MaoMai). They're representative of her beautiful work.

Now create your story using either one or both, as you see fit. Use them as characters if you want. Or try to create a story that fits them. Or feel inspired by their look to invent the world they live in and write that.

READERS, PLEASE VOTE!

RULES

- Submissions must be up to 1000 words, prose or poetry, and added as a comment. Only one submission per participant, please. There's no lower word limit.
- Submissions must be related to the provided images.
- Exercises will run fortnightly.
- VOTE for the story or stories you prefer. If you submit a story, please don’t vote for it.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly by tagging me into a private post. If you ever come across an idea that you think is good for a prompt, please do the same!

Have fun! Be creative!

Images by Jessica Madorran.
Warrior Lady of Justice: meomai.deviantart.com/art/Commission-Warrior-Lady-of-Justice-620019721
Mila: meomai.deviantart.com/art/Commission-Mila-576947276

DeviantArt Gallery: meomai.deviantart.com/

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

These past months the number of participants in the Weekly Writing Exercise has steadily dropped. Perhaps that simply reflects a decrease in the number of active members in the Community, but we cannot know. However, even though I like doing it, maintaining the Exercise if nobody takes part is absurd. Therefore, I ask you:

What do you think of the Exercise? Do you like it or not? Do you like the format or not?

I've consulted the moderators and we've been thinking of several possibilities:

- Making the Exercise run for a week, or even a month.
- Dropping the contest side completely, or making it a contest monthly instead of weekly.
- Dropping the word limit. (With this I mean not setting any word limit)
- Transforming the Exercise/Contest into a simple prompt offer: we give a prompt, you write if you want. Either in the comments or on your own webspace. And then other people could give their feedback wherever they want.
- Simply dropping the Exercise altogether.

Could you please give your opinions below? Thanks to you all.

This post will be up this week and a decision will be taken afterwards.
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Weekly Writing Exercise: May 28-June 3, 2018

Today's image is a dramatic illustration by Taipei-based artist Crystal Kung. I've had it stored for some time; as usual, I felt it hid stories that you can unravel.

Tell us what's happenning, what has happened or what's going to happen. Tell us what the girl's feeling right now. Tell us what you think about it. Tell us what it makes you feel.

Tell us.

READERS, PLEASE VOTE!

RULES

-All submissions must be up to 600 words, prose or poetry, and added as a comment. Only one submission per participant, please.
-Submissions must be related to the provided image.
-Commentaries are not allowed and will be deleted.
-Winners will be chosen by popular vote. Ties will be broken by me.
-VOTE for the story or stories you prefer. If you submit a story, please don’t vote for it.
-Winners will be announced each week on Sunday night, European time.

What you win:
-Admiration and envy from your fellow writers.
-A chance to practice, practice, practice.
-Your submission re-posted at the conclusion of the contest and added to Featured Posts.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly by tagging me into a private post. If you ever come across an idea that you think is good for a prompt, please do the same!

Have fun! Be creative!

Links to Crystal's amazing work:
Image: http://crystalkung.tumblr.com/image/106662856634
Behance Gallery: https://www.behance.net/crystalkung
Home site: https://www.crystalkung.com/
Tumblr: http://crystalkung.tumblr.com/

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Weekly Writing Exercise: May 21-27, 2018

I've commented before that I have a secret stack of images that I consider would make fine prompts for the weekly exercise. Usually I go check and try to choose which one I want to use. But sometimes something different happens.

Today's image appeared in my G+ timeline and I decided immediately that I wanted to use it as a prompt. Once again it's from DeviantArt: it's titled 52Hz, by artist Eimer. Take my word: please just check the highest resolution and be amazed at Eimer's work. The amount of detail in there is astounding!

Oh and while you're at it, write a story inspired by the image, will you? And vote for your favourite stories!

READERS, PLEASE VOTE!

RULES

-All submissions must be up to 600 words, prose or poetry, and added as a comment. Only one submission per participant, please.
-Submissions must be related to the provided image.
-Commentaries are not allowed and will be deleted.
-Winners will be chosen by popular vote. Ties will be broken by me.
-VOTE for the story or stories you prefer. If you submit a story, please don’t vote for it.
-Winners will be announced each week on Sunday night, European time.

What you win:
-Admiration and envy from your fellow writers.
-A chance to practice, practice, practice.
-Your submission re-posted at the conclusion of the contest and added to Featured Posts.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly by tagging me into a private post. If you ever come across an idea that you think is good for a prompt, please do the same!

Have fun! Be creative!

Links:
Image: orig00.deviantart.net/69a6/f/2016/080/a/6/52hz_by_eimer-d9vy6j6.jpg
Gallery: eimer.deviantart.com/gallery/

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Weekly Writing Exercise: May 7-13, 2018

Sorry I'm posting this one day late. Fact is, these last weeks I'm posting new prompts on Tuesdays and winners on Mondays, instead of Mondays/Sundays. I'll try to get back in track.

Again I have an illustration I liked by DeviantArtist Elentori, titled Find Something You Love. I think there may be several stories hidden here... Tell us yours, will you?

READERS, PLEASE VOTE!

RULES

-All submissions must be up to 600 words, prose or poetry, and added as a comment. Only one submission per participant, please.
-Submissions must be related to the provided image.
-Commentaries are not allowed and will be deleted.
-Winners will be chosen by popular vote. Ties will be broken by me.
-VOTE for the story or stories you prefer. If you submit a story, please don’t vote for it.
-Winners will be announced each week on Sunday night, European time.

What you win:
-Admiration and envy from your fellow writers.
-A chance to practice, practice, practice.
-Your submission re-posted at the conclusion of the contest and added to Featured Posts.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly by tagging me into a private post. If you ever come across an idea that you think is good for a prompt, please do the same!

Have fun! Be creative!

Links:
Image: elentori.deviantart.com/art/Find-Something-You-Love-409516842
Gallery: elentori.deviantart.com/

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Weekly Writing Exercise: April 30-May 6, 2018

Let's go for a change of pace this time. After several weeks with photographies, I've decide to choose an illustration by artist Erica June Lahaie, titled moon observations. It's only a warmup, but I find it highly appealing. What's going on here? Who's the girl?

Write a story inspired by this illustration, and vote for your favourite stories.

READERS, PLEASE VOTE!

RULES

-All submissions must be up to 600 words, prose or poetry, and added as a comment. Only one submission per participant, please.
-Submissions must be related to the provided image.
-Commentaries are not allowed and will be deleted.
-Winners will be chosen by popular vote. Ties will be broken by me.
-VOTE for the story or stories you prefer. If you submit a story, please don’t vote for it.
-Winners will be announced each week on Sunday night, European time.

What you win:
-Admiration and envy from your fellow writers.
-A chance to practice, practice, practice.
-Your submission re-posted at the conclusion of the contest and added to Featured Posts.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly by tagging me into a private post. If you ever come across an idea that you think is good for a prompt, please do the same!

Have fun! Be creative!

Links:
Image: cdna.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/002/588/872/large/erica-lahaie-daily160.jpg
Gallery: www.artstation.com/aurahack

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Weekly Writing Exercise: April 23-29, 2018

You see, each week, when I have to choose a new prompt, I check all the images I've collected for that purpose. As of late I've chosen to use images that are free to use, and as you may have noticed, my favourite site for these is Unsplash, where I have one of my collections, ready to be posted.

But then, regardless of how good a collected image is to be used as a prompt (in my opinion, of course), it often happens that I come across a new picture that catches my attention.

That's what happened this week. And there you have it: a photography by Sidney Sims that hides a story behind.

Now go, sit down and write that story.

READERS, PLEASE VOTE!

RULES

-All submissions must be up to 600 words, prose or poetry, and added as a comment. Only one submission per participant, please.
-Submissions must be related to the provided image.
-Commentaries are not allowed and will be deleted.
-Winners will be chosen by popular vote. Ties will be broken by me.
-VOTE for the story or stories you prefer. If you submit a story, please don’t vote for it.
-Winners will be announced each week on Sunday night, European time.

What you win:
-Admiration and envy from your fellow writers.
-A chance to practice, practice, practice.
-Your submission re-posted at the conclusion of the contest and added to Featured Posts.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly by tagging me into a private post. If you ever come across an idea that you think is good for a prompt, please do the same!

Have fun! Be creative!

Link: unsplash.com/photos/fZ2hMpHIrbI

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Weekly Writing Exercise: April 16-22, 2018

First of all, sorry I'm posting this late. Real Life (TM) got in the way.

Today I have yet another image found at Unsplash, by photographer Nathan Dumlao, titled Roll, spiral, swirl and contrast. I think those rolls are interesting: what are they? What's written, or drawn, on them?

Get your writing juice running, and tell me. Tell us.

READERS, PLEASE VOTE!

RULES

-All submissions must be up to 600 words, prose or poetry, and added as a comment. Only one submission per participant, please.
-Submissions must be related to the provided image.
-Commentaries are not allowed and will be deleted.
-Winners will be chosen by popular vote. Ties will be broken by me.
-VOTE for the story or stories you prefer. If you submit a story, please don’t vote for it.
-Winners will be announced each week on Sunday night, European time.

What you win:
-Admiration and envy from your fellow writers.
-A chance to practice, practice, practice.
-Your submission re-posted at the conclusion of the contest and added to Featured Posts.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly by tagging me into a private post. If you ever come across an idea that you think is good for a prompt, please do the same!

Have fun! Be creative!

Link: https://unsplash.com/photos/qmxzyEJ1PSQ


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Weekly Writing Exercise: April 9-15, 2018

OK, every week I see the Writing Exercise gets many likes and few stories. People, this is Flash Fiction, and it's up to 600 words. That means it can be less, in case someone is used to even shorter flash.

Anyway, I bring you today this dream-like photo by Aron Visuals from Unsplash. Have at it and write a story set in there, inspired by the image, or locate your characters inside. Or outside. But write. It's good for you.


READERS, PLEASE VOTE!

RULES

-All submissions must be 600 words or less (title included), prose or poetry, and added as a comment. Only one submission per participant, please.
-Submissions must be related to the provided image.
-Commentaries are not allowed and will be deleted.
-Winners will be chosen by popular vote. Ties will be broken by me.
-VOTE for the story or stories you prefer. If you submit a story, please don’t vote for it.
-Winners will be announced each week on Sunday night, European time.

What you win:
-Admiration and envy from your fellow writers.
-A chance to practice, practice, practice.
-Your submission re-posted at the conclusion of the contest and added to Featured Posts.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly by tagging me into a private post. If you ever come across an idea that you think is good for a prompt, please do the same!

Have fun! Be creative!

Link: https://unsplash.com/photos/QpdLppPWrYY


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