Prompt Exchange, August 31-September 6, 2012

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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, September 6, 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.


  • November Rain: ‘Kiss me and tell me it’s not broken.’
  • Amanda: Something had to be done, before the last bit of light faded.
  • Michael: I’m finished with being careful.
  • SAM: ‘I do the best I can. Everything else is everybody else’s problem.’ -Alison Janney
  • Carrie: It’s back-to-school time. You are reading over your child’s school supply list, and there, between the filler paper and three ring binder, was something quite unexpected. What was it?
  • Eric Storch: You could see the man with the uncombed brown hair and the wrinkled khakis at the same street corner every day for two years. At 1 o’clock on Monday, he ate a peanut butter sandwich, at 2 o’clock Tuesday he had a doughnut, and the rest of the week he had a vegetable of one kind or another at exactly 3:15. It never seemed like he ate enough to sustain himself, which may be why he hasn’t been seen for over a month.
  • Diane: ‘If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.’ -Mark Twain
  • Kat: A crook, or a saint? Who is The Miracle Man?
  • Caitlin: Write a piece based on a ‘blur of ego.’
  • Cheney: We are ready for the siege. We are armed up to the teeth. Be careful how you live and breathe. Release what’s brewing underneath.’ –Silversun Pickups, ‘The Royal We’
  • Christine: These are songs for heartbreak.
  • kgwaite: It’s the end of summer. What comes next? Give us a story about transitions.
  • kat: Tic tac toe.
  • Grace O’Malley: There’s a sun I’m eager to see, but the moon still longs to keep me.