Roar. Calling all my fellow writers…

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There are many animals strewn across my abode. None of them are actually in the land of the living, but until the day the boy and I commit to a feline sidekick, I am muddling through with the inanimate creatures of the interior decor kingdom.

The above lion jar is a typical Laura find. He’s probably supposed to guard biscuits or some other sugar-infused confectionary, but instead he is a warden of words. He is also the inspiration for a new feature I am launching today, Literary Lion.

Whenever someone visits my living quarters they are presented with a collection of rainbow-hued paper strips, upon which they must write a word, a sentence or a saying, and then throw it to the lion’s den: the little glass jar.

After several visitors, here sits a container filled with prompts for when the ideas have dried out and the day looks stale, in other words, it is my writer’s back-up.

Every Wednesday I shall delve into the lion guarded pot, and after penning a piece inspired by the coloured strip of paper, I shall publish my flash fiction story here on ismithwords.com.

Then, and here comes the exciting bit, I shall be throwing down the gauntlet and challenging any of my fellow wordsmiths to take on the story prompt themselves. You can interpret the theme as you wish, as long as you keep it short, under 400 words, and remember to pingback to the challenge so I can see it.

Click here to see the latest line of challenges.

Good luck, and may the wordsmith gods smile on you.

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51 Comments

  1. 7 June 2015 / 2:31 pm

    a funny idea to stress your mind, Laura 🙂

    • 9 June 2015 / 3:32 pm

      Would love to have you join the bandwagon! The first challenge was posted last Wednesday (http://ismithwords.com/2015/06/03/space/), which you’re very welcome to take part in if you want to write now. Otherwise the second challenge is coming tomorrow, I’ll post it on my blog in the evening (UK time). Looking forward to reading your work.

  2. 11 June 2015 / 5:12 am

    Wonderful blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?

    I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like
    Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that
    I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any tips? Thank you!

    • 11 June 2015 / 3:52 pm

      Thank you! It can seem a little daunting, there are so many options online now. I’d definitely advise you to start with a free platform, and WordPress is really fab for that. It’s a great community, filled with people that will give you feedback and inspiration, but you do have to put in the effort, people won’t just come to you. You can create a really nice site for free whilst you’re figuring out how you’re going to blog and what you’re going to blog about. Even if you’ve already decided, I can guarantee you’ll change your mind along the way as you discover new things, what readers respond to etc. I actually only bought my own domain name a few weeks ago, so this has been running on wordpress’ free platform since it started just over a year ago. Otherwise, as a writer in general, I say write! Everyone says it but it’s so important. Even if you just commit to 30 minutes a day, and even if you don’t like what you write every day, make sure you do. It’s easier to edit rubbish than a blank page! Good luck, let me know when you get started and I’ll come and visit 🙂

  3. 17 June 2015 / 1:14 am

    I’m super excited about this. I think having inspiration is kind of a must for me, but like others have said, I don’t have time for daily things, so I’m excited to see how i can go with this

    • 17 June 2015 / 10:32 am

      That’s great to hear, I’ll be posting the new challenge in a few hours… looking forward to your response!

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