Inventory of prompts I write to


Below in response to Kate’s request is a list of the prompts I frequent.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

The links are to the most recent prompts: The times are Australian time when I receive them.

Sunday: Sunday Writing Prompt

This prompt can range from the type shown or it can be based on an image, or a statement, it varies from week to week. There no word limits and you can use any form you like, poetry or prose.


Monday: Wordle

This is a great challenge as there are twelve words or phrases and you are invited to compose a story or poem using ten of the words. There are no word limits.


Tuesday: Photo Challenge

Each Tuesday a new image is presented for you to write a story or poem to. No word limit.

Wednesday: Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille

For all haiku lovers this challenge has a variety of challenges within the haiku format.


Thursday: Tale Weaver

This challenge can be a straightforward writing challenge, like tell a story, or some weeks there is a nonsense word or phrase put up for you to interpret in any way you feel is correct. Also once a month there is a fairy tale prompt.

Friday: Music challenge or First Line Friday

or on alternate weeks

Music challenge is write a story or poem based on the song that is presented.

First Line Friday is a continue the story exercise.

Saturday: Saturday Mix

In this challenge there are a variety of challenges each week.

1 Using words opposite in meaning in a story

2 Using words that sound the same in story but are often different in meaning, eg, birth and berth

3 Writing a story and NOT using certain listed words.


Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge.

This arrives on Thursdays for me and it is always a fascinating challenge.

There is a 99 word limit, no more no less and I find it the 99 words a real challenge.


Thursday photo prompt:  #writephoto

Thursday photo prompt: Conflagration #writephoto

Each Thursday Sue Vincent posts a photo of her own and invites us to compose a story or poem from our reaction to it. They are great photos and generate a great variety of responses.


50 Word Thursday

This is a new challenge that Deb Whittam has begun and as it states write 50 word stories. A challenge in itself.


Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner

This is a challenge which comes out on Wednesdays. It is a photo based challenge. Stories are asked to be limited to 200 words.


In Other Words

In this challenge you are asked to use five sentences/lines to write a story using the word Patricia has chosen that week.


100 Word Wednesday

This is another flash fiction challenge which is photo based.


Twittering Tales

In this task you have 280 characters to write your story. There is an online character counter you can use, the link to it is on Kat’s blog.


Weekend Writing Prompt

This challenge has changed into a series of interesting challenges and each week Sammi sets different word limit to the task.


Reena’s Exploration Challenge

This is an excellent challenge in that it is very challenging. Each weekend Reena presents us with a challenge that usually has me sitting and thinking as to how best to answer it. Some people write poetic responses, some in prose form.

No word limits.


Time to Write

This prompt has different tasks each week. Sometimes its to start a story with a given sentence, sometimes using a word she nominates, this past month being mystery month all the prompts have been shaped in that way.


Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

This is a weekly challenge based on a submitted photograph. Currently it is on a two week holiday.


This task comes out at the start of each month, it’s a fun challenge as Joelle likes to ask personal questions. 120 words is the limit.


Linda Gill – The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS

Each week Linda gives us one or two words to write to in a Stream of Conscious form.


D’verse – Poetry Blog

D’verse Poetry Blog offers a range of poetry prompts each week as well as an open link night where you can post any poetic endeavour. They have also published a few poetry anthologies from participants contributions.



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33 Responses to Inventory of prompts I write to

  1. LindaGHill says:

    Wow, that’s impressive!

  2. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Glad to figure in this illustrious list. Thanks, Michael!

  3. Kat Myrman says:

    Thanks for the shout out! 🙂 I’m honored you include me on the list! 🙂

  4. floridaborne says:

    What a great lineup. Thanks for including my humble contribution. 🙂

  5. calmkate says:

    Michael you have exceeded yourself, this is ideal … thank you so much! Have reblogged this and hoping that many will find their way here to read your post fully. I will be 🙂

  6. Bladud Fleas says:

    Thanks, Michael, it’s very useful. This would be good on its own page. I would do it myself but I haven’t many followers.

  7. Shelley says:

    Wow…that’s one heck of an inspirational list of word prompt options! Congrats to you for being able to keep up with all of them!

  8. Dewin Nefol says:

    Namaste Michael 🙂

    Thanks for this post. I’ve bookmarked it for future reference. Often I have moments when either needing to break from the long-poem to clean and clear the palette, and these writing challenges are a great opportunity to do just that.

    Many thanks for posting.

    Hoping all is well down-under and life a peach on a beach.

    Take care of one and all. Namaste 🙂


    • Michael says:

      Thanks Dewin, all good under the earth.

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Great response! Thank you Michael.

        As an aside, someone once showed me a phone app that modelled the star constellations immediately overhead of where one stood: just had point the phone at the sky and the screen lit up with stars! Its an impressive bit of technological wizardry. But if one points it downwards the screen lights up with the stars that are seen over the antipodes! This just blew me away…it felt like someone took the Earth away beneath my feet and I was left floating in the centre of the entire visible universe lol 🙂 The experience is at once very empowering and stirring but also overwhelming and destabilising. For just one moment it feels like you just hang in the void lol 🙂

        Thanks again for the posting. Have a great weekend. Take care of one and all.

        Namaste 🙂


  9. Sue Vincent says:

    Thanks for the mention, Michael… what a great selection of prompts to explore!

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  11. rogershipp says:

    Thanks for the shout out here!

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  14. Patricia says:

    Wow! You do like a challenge! Thank you for including my challenge on your list. I always look forward to your story in response to my In Other Words prompt.

  15. calmkate says:

    Reblogged this on Word of the Day Challenge and commented:
    a comprehensive list of regular prompts

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