Inspiration Monday: the books conspired against us

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Sometimes I feel sorry for the prompts that don’t get used. Much as I used to feel sorry for the stuffed animals that couldn’t fit on my bed when I was a child. But my mother told me they got to have a party in the closet. Maybe the unused prompts get to have a party in cyberspace. And they wear tin foil hats and listen to techno and throw glowing paint at each other.

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Woops! I missed Marian

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 books conspired against us
The best things in life cost everything
kind lie
earth rise
don’t tell me

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.

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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. Which prompts didn’t get used? Maybe we should have a listy-thing, on another page, of neglected prompts…and as they get used people comment below letting us know that they are taken. Although that’d just make extra work I suppose, I’ll get right on these prompts, and I promise I’ll try to use all five!

    • Yeah…I don’t actually keep track of the ones that don’t get used. Sometimes I just notice when I’m posting links at the end of the week and kind of go “Huh. I really thought someone would pick you.”

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  3. Thanks for including me in this week’s list! I’ve already picked my next topic…

  4. I’ll have to catch up on these when I’m back. I hate that I don’t really have much time to write though.

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  8. Here’s mine, no lonely prompts this week, I managed to use all five! Although I bet when you saw ‘earth rise’ you all thought I’d do sci-fi, didnt you?


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