Hello, Ghoul Friends!
I hope you all are having a wicked Wednesday already! This week is halfway over, and it’s time for a new challenge! But, before we get to this week’s challenge, let’s continue our conversations about inspiration. That was a little too quiet, let’s try that again:
That’s better. Inspiration can come from many places. Yes, we focus on prompts here to garner inspiration, but that’s more about prompting a story. Inspiration, though, has more of an impact on us than just our writing. We often look up to different people who have accomplished, for lack of a better word, fame, whether they are authors, artists, singers, or film stars. It’s always amazing to see how these people inspire us. But, it’s when we lose these people–these fame monsters we may have never met but truly loved–that we understand just how much of an impact that had on us. I go through periods where I devour my favorite artists and nothing else. Lately, I’ve been listening to alot of Florence + the Machine. Florence Welch’s look, sound, lyrics and voice envelope me and move me, and I’ve found that their music fully inspires a lot of my creativity when I listen to them. This is true for many of us. We fall in love with something and we find it seeping into our own creative outputs without us realizing it and intending it to. This brings us to our discussion this week: Is there a particularly person–artist, author, singer, etc.–that you look up to and that you find has inspired you in your life, even if it’s not particularly in your writing? Let’s discuss!
Before we get to our new challenge series, here are a few important reminders:
- On the last Friday of each month, we will celebrate a fellow writer here at Grammar Ghoul Press, in a new segment we’re calling “Celebrating the Ghouls”! If you’re interested in being a part of this new project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Check out past celebrations here.
- Our Lair is currently taking a hiatus, as is our Mutant 750 challenge. Should either one open up, we’ll announce it here!
- This Friday, we have a new Celebrating the Ghouls post that will be going live! Keep a Ghoulish eye out!
- The Shapeshifting 13 goes live every Wednesday at Noon ET. The grid will stay open until Sunday at 8:00 p.m., after which voting will open. Voting ends on Monday at 8:00 p.m., so you get about 24 hours to read and vote for your favorites pieces. Winners will be announced in a separate post on Tuesday at Noon ET. Further details can be found here.
Ghouls on Rainbows!
Each week, you will be provided a visual prompt. The visual prompt may have several colors in it, but we’re focusing on one color at a time. Each week, we will tell you the primary color of the week, and your job is to write a story or poem, abiding by that week’s word count, using/inspired by that color in that image. Sounds easy, right? I assure you, it’s not as easy as it sounds!
As many of you know, the world lost a true artist. So, for this week’s prompt, as it is our last week of this challenge series, we’re skipping the color blue, and moving on to celebrate Prince’s signature color.
Last week for THE SHAPESHIFTING 13 challenge, you were tasked with creating a story or poem in just 26 words. This week, in exactly 39 words, your challenge is to write a story or poem inspired by the following color in the following image:
- Challenge submissions must be fiction or poetry.
- Submissions must be exactly the number of words specified; no more, no less.
- Submissions must use the prompt as directed.
- Submissions should be written in response to the challenge, so they shouldn’t pre-date the kickoff post.
- One submission per person.
- Please put lengthy explanations at the end of your post, not at the beginning.
- Don’t forget to add the code for the challenge badge to your post.
- When voting, you are on the honor to not vote for your own piece.
Now, while you’re getting ready to post those wonderful words, don’t forget to grab the Shapeshifting 13 #51 badge from the right side of the page, and insert it into your post. Remember, you have until Sunday @ 8pm Eastern Time to submit something. Have fun!
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