May Challenge

Welcome to the May writing challenge.

This is not a competition. The writing prompts are designed to stimulate our imaginations and to nudge us all into writing more so that we can develop our writing/storytelling skills.

Your writing can be taken from real-life experiences, totally made up or, a mix of the two. There are no rules, no right or wrong. Interpret the prompts as you wish. You can write in English or your first language.

Aim for 500-1000 words for each challenge unless your work is a poem, then the word count should reflect your style of poetry. Please keep to the limit of 1000 words, if possible, as this makes it easier for members to read more submissions.

Update: After a review and various feedback comments, the challenge prompt and guidelines have altered slightly. The prompts will fewer and less specific, thereby open to wider interpretation.

You can read the full guidelines on the about page, but the only change is that those who submit a challenge commit to providing feedback to the next author once the stories are published at random on the website.

Published story 1. provides feedback for No.2, 2 for 3 etc and the final story for story No1. This does not preclude anyone from leaving additional feedback or comments. Please provide feedback or a comment on the leave a reply section found at the foot of the page and if you wish, copy and paste them on our Facebook page Untold Stories.

The Challenges

Write a short story or poem that interprets the following phrase:

Live the life you love, love the life you live.

This phrase can be interpreted in many ways, it might be something you or a character aspire to? It could serve as motivation to those fleeing from trouble and strife. It might summarise the changes a person has made in their life, for better or worse? The options are up to you. Be as creative as you wish, push your boundaries and try new ideas. As an additional challenge, if you manage to incorporate the phrase in your writing, you will earn extra kudos. Fiction or fact, we welcome both.

Or on the theme of:

Back to nature

Once again, the possibilities are endless, take risks, be inventive and interpret this how you see fit.

What next?

We all have different reasons for joining in this writing challenge. It would be great if we can publish some of your work here on the website. That way we can begin to share experiences and learn from each other. Listed below are some of your options once you have completed your challenge/s:

  1. Do nothing, just write, enjoy the experience and reflect on what you have achieved.
  2. Publish your writing on your site or blog but remember to send me the link to enable other members to read and comment on your efforts.
  3. If you do not have a blog or website, you can upload it to google documents (with a Google account) and send me the link so I can include it here (space permitting).
  4. Over time, you might want to develop a writing partnership with another member and exchange your efforts to provide mutual support and feedback, probably best achieved by joining in the chat over on our Facebook page.
  5. Send your piece to me by email, your writing as an attachment (preferably in Word or OpenOffice format) and I will try my best to publish it here for others to read.
  6. Submission: Stories will be published as and when received to allow comments and feedback. Please submit at the latest by Sunday, May 23rd.

Please submit your writing to:

Published by Ian

Music maker and story teller.

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