Writing Prompt for September 15

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What to believe …

Who to betray …

When to run …

Test your creative prowess by using the above prompt suggested by WWG member Susan T.  to create  a 500 word or less thriller, memoir, essay, song, poem, etc.

Then, gather up your masterpiece and join us at the next WordWrites Guild meeting on Thursday, September 15th, at 6:00pm in the Ewbank Room of the Lawrenceburg Public Library to unveil your creation.

We await each literary outcome with baited breath …

A New Month, A New Prompt

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Walking into a local store last week, I was startled by the abundance of 0b7d69de-0639-448e-91c2-60623fb04db9_0076brown turkey paper streamers,and pumpkin shaped soup tureens. In spite of the 90* outside,  walking through the autumn-themed aisles, it felt as though summer had slipped away even before the swimming polls had closed and the leaves had begun to fall.

The end of summer and loss of those activities and colors associated with it loosely tie in with our current prompt:


In 600 words or less, write about an individual or situation or entity losing a certain talent, dream or skill through no fault of their own. For example, how would the story of an Olympic sprinter change if he/she were blinded, permanently or even temporarily? What would happen to world economies if chocolatiers suffered mass amnesia and could not remember how to successfully transform raw cacao seeds into the chocolate we know today?

The possibilities are vast since so much of life has to do with gains and losses, beginnings and endings. Of course every writer of every genre is invited to participate. It will be fun to read poetry, an essay, one’s memoir, or even one-act plays based upon this idea of having and then being without.


Please join us on Thursday, September 1st at the North Dearborn Branch Library at 6:00pm. We are looking forward to sharing our work, critiquing submissions, and talking about future events that evening.

Happy Writing!


Corrected Date

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pen-1232352_1280Please note that the WordWrites Guild

will meet this Thursday, August 18.


We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion the previous post and earlier emails might have caused, and look forward to seeing everyone at the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00pm.



Triple Whammy Prompt

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It really isn’t as daunting an exercise as the title might imply. Actually, the final interpretation of the assignment is entirely up to you, courageous writer.

You are welcome to choose only one of the prompts shown below as the basis for your 500 word masterpiece … or you could write two separate pieces of 500 words each … or for the bravest among us, merge both prompts into one 500 word magnum opus.
And now for the prompts:
Appearance – More specifically, is what it seems actually what it is?  Many comedies and mysteries have been based upon this simple, but intriguing premise. The all-important ‘it’ is entirely up to you, creative and observant writer.
Four Seasons
The Order of Things – Choose four different components of anything you have seen, experienced, or can imagine, and simply rearrange them as you see fit.
For example, Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt was photographed at the 2016 Olympics wearing a tee shirt emblazoned with, ‘On Your Mark, Get Set, Go, BOLT!’.  Those four components moved about might end up as, ‘Get Set, Bolt, On Your Mark, Go!’. How would those changes affect an actor or swimmer or locksmith?
As long as four different parts of anything are rearranged, the story, poem, lyrics, etc. are yours for the writing.

Have a good time dreaming up all kinds of possible scenarios – and writing them down – and as always, feel free to share your suggestions for future prompts in the comments section.

Your final creation (or possibly creations),  will be met with rapt attention and perhaps cheers of ‘Bravo’ at our next meeting. We’ll look forward to seeing everyone at the North Dearborn Public Library at 6:00pm on Thursday, September 1st.
Please Note:
The photograph of the Frog Prince is published courtesy of: 
By Dh1970 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43043897
The Four Seasons is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.

I/O as a Writing Exercize

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Stories are based upon decisions – the woman refused to marry for love, so settled for wealth; the safe-cracker rescued the child, and in doing so exposed his true identity;  the spider wrote fine things about the pig for his salvation, but not her own.

At every crossroad the writer faces choices, conflicts, opposites. This writing assignment was suggested by Marty, and is as simple or as complicated as you want it to be:

Begin with a binary situation, basically, the opposite of anything. It might be yes/no, war/peace, on/off, light/dark, life/death … anything that you consider to be two opposing somethings … and write a 512 word or less essay, poem, memoir, etc. incorporating that conflict.

Our nantipodal-39630_1280ext meeting will be especially exciting, enlightening, and entertaining as each of us shares our binary work. We hope you join us on Thursday, August 4th at the North Dearborn Branch Library at 6:00pm.

We always welcome members’ suggestions for writing prompts, guest speakers, and future events. Becoming a member is free and as easy as coming to a meeting. We welcome your input!


A Quote as Inspiration

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Hello Wordsmiths,

Have you whiled away these sultry summer days with tall, cool glasses filSAM_1019led with clinking ice cubes and slightly tart lemonade? Have you lost yourself in a cheesy novel while dipping your toes into a kiddie pool? Or have you been the life of the party, catching up with laughing friends while making promises to, ‘do this more often’?

And have you found – possibly to your surprise – that the following quote from the 1991 book, The Quotable Woman, edited by Running Press, is even a little true?


“As you grow older, you”ll find that you enjoy talking to strangers far more than to your friends.”
Joy Williams


This quote is actually our writing prompt this time around. The quote can be included in the work itself, or simply be used as inspiration for a memoir, essay, poem – whatever you’d prefer. No matter the approach, the word count is limited to 518 words.
Good luck with your writing – we encourage you to share your unique interpretation of and approach to this assignment at the next meeting of the WordWrites Guild on Thursday, July 21, at 6:00pm at the Lawrenceburg Public Library.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Hemingway, Truth and Writing

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When looking for a fresh writing prompt for our upcoming meeting on July 7, our wonderful member S.T. made the following suggestion, “I thought perhaps sometime each of us could start a story in this manner, by writing a simple truth and going from there.  Of course, each truth will be different, but that’s what’s makes the world go ‘round.”


The idea of a simple truth comes from Ernst Hemingway, writing in A Movable Feast:

Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say. If I started to write elaborately, or like someone introducing or presenting something, I found that I could cut that scrollwork or ornament out and throw it away and start with the first true simple declarative sentence I had written.

Following this train of thought, and keeping with Hemingway’s wise guidance (tip number seven, as noted at OpenCulture.com), the word count is limited to 300 words.

Hemingway was contemptuous of writers who, as he put it, “never learned how to say no to a typewriter.” In a 1945 letter to his editor, Maxwell Perkins, Hemingway writes:

It wasn’t by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.


Discover your own simple truth and share your work with supportive, respectful and welcoming writers at the next meeting of the

WordWrites Guild at 6:00pm,

at the North Dearborn Public Library on Thursday, July 7.

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