Summer-Themed Prompt Contest

Summer has so much to love. It’s a time of swimming and sunlight and fresh air; school is out, and worries are few. But it can also be miserable. This past week, where I live, to step outside was to boil.

So I thought I’d choose prompts that capture the magic of summer–and also the heat. Thanks, Lydia Jane, for crafting prompts that encompassed all of summer.

Laura E. and I had such a fun time reading through everyone’s entries. If you’re interested in reading them all, here are the prompt posts:

But I know what the main question is–who were the winners? Read on and you’ll find out.

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Highlights from 2019

2019 was a good year. Relationships were restored (praise the Lord!), I earned my degree and made awesome friends at my new church, and my writing life changed and grew. Now, I could elaborate for a while about all the wonderful things that happened, but for the purposes of this post, I’ll just talk about writing highlights. I’m really happy with where my writing went this year, and I wanted to celebrate with you guys!

Highlight 1: Prompted

I started this blog. That’s pretty important. It took me a while to actually get around to doing it, but I finally did in early August! And that’s all because of another important thing––I started using writing prompts for short stories.

Now, this may not seem like that big of a deal to you, but bear in mind that before January of this year, I had almost exclusively written novels. I just was never able to come up with ideas small enough for a short story. But that changed.

I decided to start utilizing writing prompts in my writing life. I’d saved so many of them on Pinterest, and one of my best friends ran Rooftop Writing Prompts, but I had never used a prompt. So, at the beginning of this year, I decided to try to use a writing prompt a week to stimulate my creativity.

I knew I couldn’t do this alone, though, so I asked someone to keep me accountable––my prompt buddy, Laura. We decided to write a prompted every week (which did not happen, but it’s the thought that counts, right?), and as we did, I realized that I really loved these stories and wanted to share them with the world.

I knew I needed some sort of platform like a blog, but I’d never known what to post on it before. But now I had lots of stories that I could use!

Thus, Prompted was born, and here we are now.

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