EDIT: I’ve decided to take a few days off to take care of Howl when he first arrives, and so this prompt will run for TWO WEEKS instead of one. But don’t worry, I’ll be back on the 20th July with your next challenge!
Thank you for your wonderful responses to last week’s prompt! I love seeing new voices taking on this challenge – and so glad to see the community being so welcoming! I want to particularly mention Hattie’s Mary Poppins-style magical holiday, Astrophysics’s lovely holiday among the tulips, Nora’s story about making friends on holiday, and Elyse’s New Year poem.
This week is a very exciting one for me – on Wednesday we’re going to pick up our new cockapoo puppy, Howl! We are very excited to meet him – if you want to see all his latest updates, head over to my Instagram feed. And in honour of his arrival, this week’s prompt is pets.
You can write about your pet, or a friend’s pet (remember you can write non-fiction as well as fiction, for this prompt or any other!), you can write about pure-bred show pets or pets from rescue centres, old pets or young pets, dogs or cats or lizards or completely made up pets! Your pet can help you solve a mystery, save the world, fix a relationship … or anything else you like!
The rules …
- It can be as long or as short as you like, and take you as much or as little time as you want.
- It can be any genre (type) of story you want. If you have an idea for something that I haven’t mentioned (writing a poem! Being inspired by a song you love! Writing non-fiction!), don’t wait for my permission – just go for it! This is your creativity working!
- You are not allowed to worry about grammar or spelling.
- You are not allowed to worry if it isn’t perfect, or criticise yourself as you’re writing.
- You are encouraged to make a plan before you begin, to make it easier for you to get to the end of the story. This can be two words or a whole page! But if you don’t want to do this, you don’t have to.
- Get to the end of the story without stopping to go back and fix bits you don’t like. Once you’ve finished, read it through again. If you still don’t like those bits, you can edit them now!
- If you want (and only if you want!) you’re allowed to post the first 500 words of your story in the comments below. I have to moderate the comments so it may take a while for them to show up – please be patient. I don’t want to see you apologising for your story or minimising what you’ve done when you post – writing a story is a triumph and you should be proud!
- Please do not use your full name when you comment – first names are fine, or you can make up a username that you like! Also remember to stay safe online and not get into private discussions with anyone you don’t know in real life without telling an adult first.
- If you like someone else’s story, you are allowed to comment to say so! If you’d like to give them ideas that might make their story even stronger, that’s OK, but please be kind and remember how deeply we all care about our writing. A good format for feedback might be something like: ‘I loved ****! Have you thought of ****? I think it might make your story even better!’ I will delete any comment if I feel it’s critical without being constructive.
- I can’t promise to give feedback on any individual stories – I’m not marking them!
- This isn’t a competition, and there will be no winners and no prizes, though I may choose a story or two to highlight in future posts.
Enjoy, Detectives! And remember that if you’re getting a pet in real life, it’s important to make sure you’ll have the time to take care of them long-term, and it’s always good to rescue them if you can. When I was younger we had a lurcher and a greyhound who came from rescue centres, and they were such special dogs. Because of family allergies, rescuing wasn’t right this time around, but I really hope I’ll get the chance to rescue more pets in future – rescue pets are the best pets!