PROMPTS

Things that go bump in the night

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For the month of October, the theme here at Promptly Written will be

Things that go bump in the night

When I think of October, Halloween comes to mind. However, I do know that not everyone celebrates this holiday. So to keep this user-friendly for all involved, I’ve set the…


PW News

For Oct. 15th — 21st

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Greetings PW Writers and Readers. I am sorry this is a few days late. It has been a bumpy week for me and my spouse healthwise. We are on the mend and I’ve finally gotten this newsletter together for all of you! So sit back, grab a drink, and maybe…


WRITING PROMPTS

Poetry and Fiction Prompts

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Today’s Poetry prompt

Use the following song/music video to spark a poem.

U2 — Beautiful Day (lyrics)

Poetry Form — Any
Line Length — Any
Restrictions — None

Today’s Fiction prompt

Write a scene or complete story set in an internet café. You decide the situation and the outcome.

Word Length — up to 1000 words
Restrictions — must involve at least 3 people

‘Restrictions’ are to challenge you as a writer. However, with everything else here at PW, use these prompts in any way that allows the creative juices to flow.

Write promptly and enjoy! And don’t forget about the Monthly Theme!

Ravyne Hawke, Editor


POETRY | KNOW THYSELF, HEAL THYSELF

A 3am wake-up call

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She tugs gently at my mind
whispers silently, beckons —
wake up, wake up
Tis time to write

And then come the stirrings —
my dreams held fast
of dainty feet and angelic
feathers spread all about
a wounded sigh
two dark pools staring
and before long, a nudge —
gently, so gently, she coaxes me
’til I in…


SERIAL FICTION

Synopsis

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Orphaned Elanna MacKennan is raised on the Isle of Iona by nuns. While there, she is taught to be a fine seamstress which eventually lands her a job at Blackwell Manor in London.

Because of her appearance, she is despised by the very man who hired her — Lord Blackwell. Although she is able to keep her job, events will soon unfold that leave her homeless and jobless.

With her meager earnings, Elanna finds lodging at a local Inn where she meets a charismatic, yet boorish Scotsman. Soon, her life will be changed forever.

And so will the life of Lord Blackwell…


WRITING PROMPTS

Poetry and Fiction Prompts

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Today’s Poetry prompt

Write a “gathering” poem.

Poetry Form — Traditional or American Haiku

Check out How to write a Haiku by Esther Spurrill-Jones if you are unsure how to write a traditional or American Haiku

Today’s Fiction prompt

Write a story based on the theme ‘love is a many splendored thing’

Word Length — up to 1000 words
Restrictions — use 2nd person POV (You)

‘Restrictions’ are to challenge you as a writer. However, with everything else here at PW, use these prompts in any way that allows the creative juices to flow.

Write promptly and enjoy! And don’t forget about the Monthly Theme!

Ravyne Hawke, Editor


WRITING PROMPTS

Let’s Get Personal!

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Hello, me lovelies! The pub is open. Come in for a drink and share a story or two.

It’s time for another Weekend Challenge to break up the monotony of all that poetry and fiction writing.

Weekend Challenge — Tell us about your favorite toy as a child. What made it so special?

This can be a shortform or longform essay, or if you’ve just not had enough, you may write a poem. The point is to get your creativity flowing!

Like with everything around here, feel free to write about this any time, anywhere! Just credit Promptly Written and tag me so I can come read.

Ravyne Hawke, Editor


POETRY | SPIRITUAL SECRETS

Helping myself even when I am unable

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Self-pity is spiritual suicide. It is an indefensible self-mutilation of the soul.
Anthon St. Maarten

What will it take to make things right for you? …


POETRY | KNOW THYSELF, HEAL THYSELF

A Shakespearean Sonnet

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And ‘though your love taught me this alchemy
Be known in me each part will be forgotten
Flatter thee countrymen from azure sea
You’ll survive when I, in earth, am rotten

Your act, thy bed-vow broke and new faith torn
To make of me monster or queen in jest
In loving thee…


AUTHOR’S BIO

An Introduction

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And so this is me, the face behind the enigmatic author. Not what you expected? Well, me either. Nonetheless, it’s true.

WHO IS LORI CARLSON?

I am a poet, fiction and creative nonfiction writer, essayist, artist, and dreamer.

I began my writing career at the tender age of ten by…

Ravyne Hawke

Poet, Fiction Writer, Artist, Dreamer | “Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the Ocean” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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