Stephen Fuller *** Poetry, Essays

This Week’s Writing Prompt Challenge, Level Up!

Good morning friends, Baristas, and regular guests here at Full Beard Lit, Tuesday means there is a Writing Prompt Challenge awaiting you down at the Go Dog Go Cafe! While Monday is the Big Day at the GDG with Promote Yourself Monday aka PYM, our Baristas, Beth and Devereaux, put their brains together to come up with a great weekly prompt. I encourage you to check it out and either today or over the course of the week, follow that prompt, write, post, and share with us in the comments section! Let’s see if we can make Tuesday as excellent a day at the Cafe as Monday. This week’s prompt: Shiver.

BUT! I offer you a chance to Level Up your writing game by combining some prompts… all styles encouraged: poetry, flash, shorts, photos, drawing, paintings, etc.

Level One: Incorporate one of these additional prompts into Beth’s and Devereaux’s and post it here, at the Go Dog Go Cafe, or at any of these sites. I will make sure to get the word out to the community.

Our hard-working Barista, Eugi, at Eugi’s Causerie offers a one word challenge every Monday; this week the word is Glimmer.

Frequent patron awards go to Sadie at Life After 50 for Women. She posts a new challenge at 12:00 am PST every Monday morning to honor her dear friend Hélène. This week’s picture is (click the picture to link to her site):


Finally, my Go Dog Go Cafe cofounder, Christine Ray, challenges us daily with her prompts; this month she draws from musicals and today it is the movie Once staring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova:


The song Falling Slowly provided a soundtrack to the early days of my own reinvention, so I am particularly drawn to this prompt.

Level Two: Take more than one of the above and GO FOR IT!

Level Three: I offer a beautiful song by Max Richter performed by incomparable Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelson for you to listen to while you write and see how the melodies and drama of the piece inform your writing. I have a hand written draft of a poem inspired by this piece that I need to type in and will challenge myself on revision to incorporate one more of the prompts above into the rewrite. I have a question though for all of you, what does November mean to you? We have common symbolism associated with the month of October: change and December: late in life. But what does the stark month of November mean to you? Riff on that idea if you like. The performance:

No matter what, keep writing, keep scrolling around, and share, share, SHARE with all of us your great ideas and work.

— Stephen

P.S. Here is Falling Slowly, a bonus life for getting this in there too ;-):

17 Responses to “This Week’s Writing Prompt Challenge, Level Up!”

  1. -Eugenia

    What an outstanding and powerful post, Stephen and thank you for the shout out. I feel writing challenges are an excellent way to inspire, as well as challenge that unwanted writer’s block.

    You are inspiring and an excellent promoter!

    Reblogging this now to get it out and around and I will give the meaning of November some thought.

    Liked by 1 person


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