Writer’s Challenge #4 – Significance of October 12

Happy October 12th, and welcome to the weekly writer’s challenge! It’s like Flash Fiction, but broader and without those messy time constraints. Feel free to respond on your own blog or site and link with a few words in the comments section below. Happy writing!

Writing Prompt: This week I’m combining the prompts into one. Check out the wiki list of things that have happened on this day in history (love this, by the way – it’s a rich writing prompt you could use any time). Pick one of those events and write about it, fictionalizing or not.

My personal favorite is the second on the list. How the heck did King John lose the crown jewels? How did he explain this, or did he need to explain, to his subjects? What about the queen? The story almost writes itself. If you’re a fantasy-type writer, use something from this list to create a mirroring event in your world. Any of these events can be an allegory or starting point for non-fiction, too. If you do send me a link, be sure to put the event you chose at the top!

Not in the mood to write today? Take a moment to set out at least one goal to accomplish by October 12, 2013. Choose something not already on your to-do list. Maybe something on your bucket list you can prioritize for this year. Maybe something it’s hard to imagine accomplishing right this minute, but what a difference a year can make. So many of us make New Year’s resolutions only to abandon them by February… But today you have 80 days until the end of the year. Why not start on October 12 and get a head start on your own personal Around the World in 80 Days?


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