Inspiration Monday: the echo before the cry

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Lately a few of you have expressed worry about being late with your InMon entries. Quit worrying! You have an entire week to post them if you want me to link to you in the next prompt post, and even if you’re a couple of days late, I’ll link to you in the following week’s prompt post (in fact I might not even notice that the prompt you are using was “supposed” to be last week; I get the weeks mixed up and I’m not that strict anyway).

Oh, also…next week is the one-year anniversary of Inspiration Monday! I’m not sure what to do about it…it kinda snuck up on me. I’ll try to work up a little recap of the year, eh?

Now read!



Pen ‘ n Tonic (last week)

SAB Inspirations (last week)


MIQ and another






The Lime


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:

The echo before the cry
Ailing mind
I hope not
Pick it up
Building without windows

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

Plus, get the InMon badge for your site here.

Happy writing!

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. Pride goeth before the fall !
    I forgot to post my piece last week ! I really loved the prompts and worked so hard on it. Did find it in my drafts and will post it some other time. My excuse is my birthday came so soon after the last one that I was in shock last week !

    These are tougher prompts for me but will be sure to post it this time !

    Siggi in Downeast Maine

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  3. Here is my piece for this week:

    I used the prompt “Ailing mind” as one of my inspirations here for this one.

    Thank you so much.

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  6. Hey everybody,

    Great to see some new faces added to the InMon stable.

    Here’s mine:

  7. Here’s my (valiant) attempt. I’ll probably have to tweak it a bit between now and Monday . . . >

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  9. This prompt was a lot harder for me. But I kind of like how my piece turned out. I’d love some feedback (and not just praise, give me some constructive criticism please).

    Here it is:

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  11. My post is at
    “The Echo Before The Cry.”

    Siggi of Downeast Maine

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  16. Last minute dash … again! Sorry!
    I chose the prompt, Ailing Mind. A bit close to home, but here goes …

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