October Writing Challenge- 2018

Setting: Any
Time Period: Any
Length: 500 Words
Restrictions: None
Due: This Month


Here we are again… it’s October and we are looking forward to Halloween!

Let’s write a complete story of a Halloween theme. It can be scary, funny or serious. But please make it a complete story with a start and a ending-ish.  Create a character, tell a story about that character, and then find an ending that would satisfy a reader.

Now, get your scare on!



September Writing Challenge: A Simple Story

Subject: A Simple Story
Setting: Any
Time Period: Whenever you’d like
Length: Less than 500 words
Restrictions: none
Due: September 30th

Here we go again!

With the power of the Moose, we welcome Jared Peters!! Let’s start back by dipping into the shallow end. This September, let’s write a simple story of 500 words or less. The story has to have some kind of conclusion… even a cliff hanger. But just don’t go and leave the reader hanging for an ending.

Let’s write!


October Writing Challenge: Scare me!

Subject: Scary Halloween, please
Setting: Halloween
Time Period: Whenever you’d like
Length: Let’s keep it short
Restrictions: none
Due: October… since that’s when Halloween takes place…

Dear Writers:

It’s that time again… where pumpkin lattes, pumpkin beers, costumes and horror movies on TV seem to take over our lives. As if they wasn’t scary enough, it seems some stores already have their Christmas displays out. But before we starting jumping on the Christmas train, let’s try to enjoy Halloween first.

Last month our writing challenge was “Scary, but without the blood and gore,” so this month should be about scaring the daylights out of us. Let’s be as dark and gruesome as we want while keeping it tasteful.

Scare me!

So set aside those Pumpkin Lattes and let’s get to writing.


September Challenge: Hallo-wait, we’re doing this already?

Yep, we’re doing this already to get in the mood for the halliest of hallowdays.  The challenge here might be harder for me than it is for you, but write a scary story without grotesque or horrific imagery.  Another way of thinking of it would be “scary without the blood”.  Good luck to both of us.

Subject: Scary Without the Violence
Setting: Anywhere that isn’t covered in bodies and blood
Time Period: Whenever you’d like
Length: Let’s keep it short
Restrictions: no blood, no guts, no horrifically disturbing images
Due: September

June/July Challenge – Summer Suspense

Subject: Suspenseful Cliffhanger
Setting: Make it exciting!
Time Period: Dare to try anything
Length: Let’s keep it short…
Restrictions: You know no boundaries!
Due: June/July

Imagine if you will, readers yearning for a good suspenseful cliffhanger for the summer months of June and July. Their only interest is to be captivated by the thoughts of what was going to happen next. However, the mind that will create this suspense is your own… Let’s give the readers what they want!

Create a short story with characters where a reader could care about and where the story ends with a cliffhanger. Picture in your mind the Batman series of the 1960’s. At the end of your story you can imagine that the phrase will follow, “What will happen to Batman and Robin? Will they escape their watery prison or will they be turned into chopped liver. Tune in tomorrow — same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!”  Of course you can write, “to be continued.”

Can’t think of a story? Don’t be afraid to use your “call a friend” power.

Holly AT&T, Batman!



March Writing Challenge – Shifting Points of View

March Writing Challenge – POV

Subject: Shifting POV

Setting: Any
Time Period: Any
Length: 500 Words
Restrictions: None
Due: This Month


We have all wrestled with the idea of shifting point of view within a story from first person, third person and maybe even to a narrative voice. Let’s practice this.

This month we will write as short story that will shift from at least three different pov types. Just make certain the flow makes sense and is consistent. After you write and read back over it, ask yourself if a reader could pick up your meaning and understand the story you are trying to convey.

Points of View:

  1. First person point of view. First person is when “I” am telling the story.
  2. Second person point of view. The story is told to “you.”
  3. Third person point of view, limited. The story is about “he” or “she.”
  4. Third person point of view, omniscient.


Okay, stop monkeying around and get to writing!


November writing challenge -NaNoWriMo

My halloween story is taking too long, so here’s this month’s challenge way too late; however, since it is National Novel Writing Month, it seems only appropriate that we both write….

About a novel.  Or a novelist.  Or about writing.  Let’s broaden it a bit further and say that you can format it as a blog or essay if you would like.

Subject: Write about a novel or novelist or process of writing.

Setting: Any
Time Period: Any
Length: 500 Words
Restrictions: None
Due: This Month