Inspiration Monday XV

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This really is ridiculously fun, isn’t it, guys? It’s been a good week!

SOME of you, however, *cough* Carl *cough* need to learn to read more slowly – yesterday’s post by TragicPete referred to the universal rules of writing in general, not InMon – there are still no rules for InMon. I would have lectured you privately, but I wanted to make an example of you in case anybody else had the same misunderstanding. ; ) Pete promises to expand on the principles of rule-breaking in a future post (at least, he mentioned he might).

Now go ye, read, write, and make merry, for life is short. Let us spend our time delighting minds with deep thoughts and wordplay!

















The Rules

There are none. Read the prompts, get inspired, write something. No word count minimum or maximum. You don’t have to include the exact prompt in your piece, and you can interpret the prompt(s) any way you like.


No really; I need rules!

Okay; write 200-500 words on the prompt of your choice. You may either use the prompt as the title of your piece or work it into the body of your piece. You must complete it before 6 pm CST on the Monday following this post.

The Prompts:

What reading really is*


The death of words*

The last thing they expected

I found out watching the ten o’clock news

Want to share your Inspiration Monday piece? Post it on your blog and link back to today’s post; I’ll include a link to your piece in the next Inspiration Monday post. No blog? Email your piece to me at stephanie (at) balcomagency (dot) com.

Plus, get the InMon badge for your site here.

Happy writing!

* Today’s first and third prompts brought to you by Jinx and C.S. Lewis, respectively.

About Stephanie Orges

Stephanie is an award-winning copywriter, aspiring novelist, and barely passable ukulele player. Here, she offers writing prompts, tips, and moderate-to-deep philosophical discussions. You can also find her on and Pinterest.
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  1. LOVE these! I think I’ve got one already, now to see if I can coax it onto paper….

  2. I thought it was 13? Oh well let’s just pick a random two roman numerals on and hope they’re right 😛
    Any way, beatifull prompts! I’m planning to write one off of each. Or at least most. I’m stuck on mindstorm.

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  4. Great prompts this week! Decisions decisions…

  5. Ah, ha! So is it okay to break the Universal Rules on InMon? This is good news! I don’t try to break rules, but I don’t do well at being what we would regard as a good, traditional storyteller. I’m not bad at tennis though, and I always follow the rules on the tennis court.

    • Well, like I said, Pete will do a more detailed post on rulebreaking later. Generally, though, you shouldn’t break rules unless you first fully understand what they are and why they exist. Then, break away. : )

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  7. I’m back! Been absent from writing the InMons for a few weeks, but here’s my one for this week! 🙂

  8. I can never express just how lucky I am to be part of this community. If it wasn’t for the pieces written and the prompts given, I’d be sucked into the deep dark hole of writer’s block.

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  13. Gosh, I don’t know if I wrote anything this week. So here is my submission. MIND STORM
    Thank you MS. IndigoSpider for the fun I’m having. Even through all the weirdness happening this week!

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