April 2017 Writing Challenge

The goal is to write something for each day of April according to the prompts below. You can do them one day at a time, or you can do it the “professional way” and schedule them ahead of time in your blog. (That’s what I normally do…) This year is a little different, though: I’m including some formatting limits to really work those writer muscles, including word limits, style prompts, and other qualifiers. I may actually have a real honest-to-goodness prize in mind for someone (besides me) who finishes them all and follows all the rules – and that something might be a hand-painted mug (that I finally found and unpacked the other day). Send me a link to your blog to be considered for that part. Let the fun begin!
  1. Describe three weird things you do when you’re alone, using only five-word sentences, limit of fifteen sentences total.
  2. Write a conversation with the “you” of five years ago. Focus on how you’ve changed and grown, but do not give away any details about actual events. (No spoilers!)
  3. Think about the kind of person you are attracted to. Write a three-paragraph story from their perspective as they meet you for the first time. (Assume they like you.)
  4. What do you want to be if you grow up? Describe your best-case career scenario in three paragraphs, each covering a concurrent year.
  5. Pretend you are a grumpy old codger. Write a letter to the newspaper about something trivial that irritates you.
  6. What are your most attractive qualities? Describe them as a separate character, limit 500 words.
  7. Is cheating an ender for a relationship? State your actual view in the first sentence, limit 20 words, and then spend 500 words defending the opposite view.
  8. Describe something you’re currently worrying about and imagine how it gets resolved involving a mythical beast, limit 1000 words.
  9. Use at least 1500 words to describe your favorite way(s) to waste time. Your time-waster cannot produce anything useful.
  10. Tell your thoughts on mind-altering substances (alcohol, drugs, etc.). Do you like them? Which ones? Why? You don’t like them? Why not? Limit 500 words.
  11. Describe your current relationship status (and views) in haiku, 17 stanzas.
  12. Write a short letter to your first ex to send back in time to the day after you met, telling them what your relationship is going to be like and giving them advice concerning that. No word limit, but don’t beat a dead horse.
  13. Describe the perfect date to go on in second person perspective. (That’s where you describe the actions of the reader, i.e. “You open the door the restaurant and you immediately smell garlic.”)
  14. Describe something that disgusts you and why. Use as much onomatopoeia as you can.
  15. Describe the best thing to happen to you this year, so far, from a limited third person perspective, which is to say, the actions are happening to a third person but you cannot describe the internal thoughts or feelings, only show the reactions.
  16. Three things about your personality that you are proud of. Use popular or historical references to other people who have those same traits. (Limit 500 words.)
  17. Think of something that scares you. Write a 500-word (or less) horror story describing that fear and how you vanquish it. (Magical swords and mystical spells are completely acceptable.)
  18. Write a letter to your parents collectively to be delivered a week before you are conceived, warning them about an event of your childhood. This could be a “don’t leave me alone with that man” or “hide the matches”.
  19. You are now given the ability to freeze time for 30 minutes once a day, during which time you can manipulate anything around you. What would you do the third time you use this power? Limit 1000 words, and you can be anywhere in the world.
  20. Think about the last argument you had. In 500 words, defend the position of the other person (even if you don’t agree).
  21. Describe something you can’t seem to get over. Design a spell, ritual, or beast that can resolve the problem for you.
  22. List five things that people are surprised to learn about you. Include one thing that is false. 100 words per entry.
  23. What was your last “what if” statement? Follow the thought train of that “what if” for at least 500 words.
  24. Describe your religious beliefs without mentioning the name of any deities or rituals.
  25. Have you ever had a peak experience? Describe it in under 500 words. If not, describe what you think a peak experience would feel like and what you think might trigger one for you.
  26. Think about a time when you thought you might die (injured or sick). How would those around you have reacted if you’d actually passed away? Describe the funeral service.
  27. You wake up with superpowers, but they come with one big disadvantage. Describe both sides, and how you might use them to be a hero or a villain. At least 500 words.
  28. You wake up with completely different superpowers, also with one big disadvantage. Describe trying to have a completely ordinary life despite those powers. At least 500 words.
  29. It is the night before a big event. Describe how you would deal with the sense of anticipation, of “almost there”. 500 words.
  30. Tell me about your greatest love. Do not use names. Describe the person physically, describe their personality, and then tell me what you adore about them. Lastly, tell me about one or more of their flaws, and how you cope with it. No word limit.

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