Prompt Exchange July 20-26

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Welcome to the prompt exchange for this week! If you signed up, you should have received your prompt via email. If you didn’t receive an email, please check your spam folder. If you still can’t find it, please send us an email at and we will check it out.

There aren’t many rules. Write something that responds to the prompt. Include the footer; the information for that is in the email, too. If you are on Twitter, please tweet your response and make sure to give credit to the person who gave you the prompt. Once you are done, post a link in the comments here so we can read your work and include it in the weekly round-up. If your response to a prompt completely blows us away, we may ask you to submit a piece to Scriptic for publishing.

The deadline is Thursday, July 26, at midnight Eastern time.

Here is a list of people who signed up for this week, and the prompts to which they’ve been assigned. If your name isn’t on the list, please visit this page to sign up for next week.

  • FlamingNyx: “Muscles I wasn’t even aware I had are aching.”
  • Michael Webb: “Why are you having trouble sleeping?”
  • kgwaite: “‘Words add up, too, but not meaningfully unless you think they should. They won’t line up like bricks do, creating a strength of wall due to their essential shape and integrity. Words each have a hundred shapes and natures, and you have to see, almost like God, what’s going to come of it before you even begin.’  -Michael Atkinson”
  • Jester Queen: “Beneath the surface.”
  • Tara Roberts: “And I heard her song wherever I went, filling my ears, filling the night.”
  • Barb Black: “You live somewhere where you’ve never seen rain. You visit somewhere new one day where it is a common occurrence. What is your reaction to seeing rain, fall from the sky, for the first time? Joy or fear?”
  • Grace O’Malley: “I guess we managed to dodge the bullet that time…”
  • SAM: “Odin sacrificed himself to himself, and gave us eighteen runes and seventeen known charms or magical songs. He also learned an eighteenth, a secret song. Please write it down for us, weave it into a tale, or describe it and its effects.”
  • dailyshorts: “The absurdity of silence.”
  • Bewildered Bug: “Your character starts receiving anonymous gifts, each one stranger and more disturbing than the one before.”
  • Carrie: “Choose the person you consider closest to you and then choose their best friend. Write a fiction piece based upon the person’s personality and/or character.”