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Old 03-11-2011, 12:07 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Monthly Writing Prompts

Need inspiration? Try one of the kidlit gang's monthly writing prompts!

1. August 2010

2. September 2010

3. October 2010

4. November 2010

5. December 2010

6. January 2011

7. February 2011

8. March 2011

9. April 2011

10. May 2011

11. June 2011

12. July 2011

13. THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL KIDLIT WRITING CONTEST!

14. August 2011

15. September 2011

16. October 2011

17. November 2011

18. December 2011

19. January 2012

20. February 2012

21. March 2012

22. April 2012

23. May 2012

24. June 2012

25. July 2012

26. August 2012

27. 2nd Annual Back-to-School Kidlit Writing Contest

28. September 2012

29. October 2012

30. November 2012

31. January 2013

32. February 2013

33. March 2013

34. Writing for Kids Spring Contest

35. May 2013

36. June 2013

37. July 2013

38. January 2014

39. February 2014

40. March 2014

41. June 2014

42. July 2014
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:09 AM   #2
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ew, smish, now you got 'em all sticky...
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Thanks Smish now we can all remember which prompts have already been done.
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:56 PM   #4
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I could have used that for this month when I was seeing what types of prompts we've done. BTW, I'm loving the prompts.
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Great sticky thread and the prompts are great.
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By the way, we're happy to let newbies participate in the writing prompts and have their prompt responses critiqued in the Share Your Work section. The Starting new threads in SYW - fifty post count requirement thread provides instructions for you:

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Added: on the subject of writing challenges that take place within SYW, and new members wanting to participate but being unable to post their challenge because they don't have 50 posts yet... there's a very easy way to get around this:

Reply in the challenge thread -- it would help if you include your story title and challenge details in the subject line -- and then use the report post button or PM a SYW moderator or supermod to request that your post be moved into a new thread in the same forum. (Any subsequent posts in the challenge thread in reply to your post, will also be moved into the new thread.)
Make sense? PM a mod if you have any questions.

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Real life has been a nuisance and stopped me from typing up my entry for the last two months prompts. But my laptop no longer seems to be cutting out so I may just be in luck. Once I've eaten I'll type up all 11 pages (yes, 11 - sorry) and upload it either tomorrow or Monday, ready for the new prompts.
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A whole YEAR of prompts

I'm so proud of the prompts the kidlit gang has created, and even prouder of all the fabulous responses to the prompts. You guys are awesome.
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How funny is it that I'm happy my plans for Friday fell through so I can get some writing done? Now I just need to stay away from Words with Friends on the ole time suck that is Facebook.
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Those are cool prompts. So far, I have haven't been writing lately and I enjoyed browsing over people's works. Receiving so much inspiration.
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Remember, everyone, that the prompts never expire. You can write a response at any time.
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Monthly writing prompts? How fabulous!

I'm still new here, and am happily soaking it all in. I saw the September prompt early this morning and have already completed a story (and 2 re-writes). I don't have enough posts yet to share my work, and I'm not sure I'm ready to risk the critique process, but what an amazing exercise. As a picture book writer, my challenges are many - but I do understand how to successfully combine rhyme and meter. I'm actually starting to think I'm pretty good at this, and am happy to have one more story in my stash. Just in case I ever manage to get an agent interested.

So ... Thank You for the writing prompts. After I've cleared my mind, I think I'll work your list and see what else materializes between myself and the keyboard.
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GmaPajama: The 50-post requirement doesn't apply to monthly prompts (see post #6 in this thread for directions), so if you decide you do want to post your story, you can!

Glad you've been inspired by the prompts.
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GmaPajama: The 50-post requirement doesn't apply to monthly prompts (see post #6 in this thread for directions), so if you decide you do want to post your story, you can!

Glad you've been inspired by the prompts.
OK, I can't believe I'm going to do this - but I am. Something about growing that thick skin ... You'll look for it to be moved from the September Prompt thread, right?
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So I decided that I needed a "Prompt Fix" I looked at and grabbed the challenge right away for the Aug 2010 prompt.

It's back-to-school time! Your homework: write a children's short story containing the following: 1) a back-to-school scene, 2) a yard stick or ruler, and 3) a shark (because it's Shark Week and, well, you know, because sharks are cool).

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So I decided that I needed a "Prompt Fix" I looked at and grabbed the challenge right away for the Aug 2010 prompt.

It's back-to-school time! Your homework: write a children's short story containing the following: 1) a back-to-school scene, 2) a yard stick or ruler, and 3) a shark (because it's Shark Week and, well, you know, because sharks are cool).

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Ooh, I remember that prompt! It was one of my favorites. I wrote the start of a chapter book... which I really do intend to finish some day.
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Sorry I've dropped the ball lately, guys. I've been very busy lately, moving to a new place, starting a new job, etc. I've posted a prompt for January. Have fun!

And, as Calvin proves in his post above, there's no expiration date on prompts. Any time you need a little inspiration (or I forget to post a new one for the month...), there are tons of prompts to choose from.
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