Shapeshifting 13 #71 Kickoff

September 14, 2016

Greetings, Ghoul Friends!

Let’s talk about something that all of deal with:


Specifically–I want to talk about where inspiration stems from. I recently had an experience that left me slightly stunned, and let me asking, “Why won’t this idea shake off?” I got onto the interstate near my house, and was almost immediately stuck in traffic. I later discovered that, after a rather long wait, there had been a fatality on the road. Over the weeks  after this moment, I continued to see this section of the road that looked different from the rest of the road, and I couldn’t help but imagine that this was wear the person gave up the ghost. I don’t ever feel comfortable driving over that section of the road, and I had this odd inspiration for a story, or at least a poem, that stemmed from this event, using the perspective of someone who lost their life in this spot. I couldn’t shake the idea. It’s not that I want to disrespect someone, especially someone who lost their life, but I basically wanted to celebrate a life that was tragically lost, even if it wasn’t directly about that specific person. Try as hard as I might, I couldn’t shake this idea. I haven’t acted it on it, only because I haven’t had nor taken the time to write it, but the idea seems to pop into my head whenever I go near this section of the interstate. It has me wondering why certain inspirations pop into our minds the way they do.  This brings us to our discussion today: What’s the oddest inspiration you’ve discovered your creative side wanting to write from? Has there been any times when you just couldn’t bring yourself to write something? Why? What happened? Let’s start a conversation!

Before we get to this week’s prompt, 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 segment we’re calling “Celebrating the Ghouls”! If you’re interested in being a part of this 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 26 words. This week, in exactly 39 words, your challenge is to write a story or poem inspired by the following image:

The General Shapeshifting 13 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 #71 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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