Shapeshifting 13 #53 Kickoff

May 11, 2016

Ah, Ghoul Friends!

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means:

It’s time for a new Shapeshifting 13 Challenge!

Yesterday we began a conversation about the over-abundance of ideas when it comes to writing. Today, I want to talk about the environment around us when we write. I don’t know about you, but I am a bit of a conundrum when it comes to writing. In order for me to write, I need a relaxing environment. I’m talking scented candles (I told you I’m a sucker for Yankee Candle candles), a fan on medium to cool me, some nice music playing, and something to drink–right now, that’s coffee. However, the reason I’m a conundrum is because I’ve discovered that my best writing comes when I am most stressed out–when everything around me seems to be falling apart or moving too fast for me to feel successful. When life is nice and comfortable, I think I’m too relaxed and happy to write. It’s odd! I create this nice relaxing environment, and then I look around my office–I shant describe this room to you because I’m too ashamed of the clutter and mess, but let’s just say that it’s not dirty, there’s just cds, documents and more out of sort. It’s a controlled chaos, but a chaos none the less. Yet, I’m surrounded by this and trying to create a “comforting” environment amidst all this chaos. It works for me! I’m able to write, I’m able to find creativity that doesn’t feel forced when I’m embedded in this controlled chaos with a hint of, today, tropical fruit–the scent is called Sunset Breeze. So, this brings us to our discussion today: What is your environment like when you write? Do you like a nice relaxing space, or is there constant chaos when you do your best writing? Tell us all about what you need to write, and let’s start a conversation!

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 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!
  • 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.

Last week for THE SHAPESHIFTING 13 challenge, you were tasked with creating a story or poem in just 52 words. This week, in exactly 13 words, your challenge is to write a story or poem inspired by and using any form of the following word(s):



:to persuade someone to give you (something) for free


Definitions courtesy of Merriam-Webster.


The Rules:

  •  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 #53 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!

Until next time, au revoir, and SHARE THE GEEKDOM!

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  • Leara Morris-Clark May 11, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Oh my gosh that ghoul is um unattractive lol 🙂

    • Tony Lovell May 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      HAHA It really is, but it spoke to me when I started writing this post for some reason so I had to pick him!

  • TN Kerr May 12, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    It’s amazing what a talented writer can do with only 13 words, one of which is an obscurity or a relic. You have some wonderful submissions here, Tony.
    Keep amazing me ghouls! I love it!

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