Life is mostly froth and bubble, / Two things stand like stone, / Kindness in another’s trouble, / Courage in your own. -Adam Lindsay Gordon, poet (19 Oct 1833-1870)

You can use any part of this poem or all of it. You can use specific words if you prefer as a seed for your writing and if you want to link it to WWI in time for Friday 11th November that is OK as well.

Prose, poetry, rap or song – whatever you want to write.


October challenge

Our October challenge prompt is the word “links”

Simple of complicated, it is your choice.

If you would like a picture prompt try the following:



This can be a prose, or poetry or song, or indeed anything else you want it to be.
This is a 15 minute exercise so you’ll need a timer.
It hasn’t got to be long, or perfect, it’s about writing free-flow without the ‘editor’ in your brain taking over.
Try to do it fast, without taking a lot of time to think, plan, or worry … Just write what comes into your head, don’t stop, don’t go back over what you’ve written until the end of the 15 mins. If you get stuck, just write down whatever comes into your head.
Here are two opening lines. Choose one or both. Set your timer – then write.
  • She’d always hated him.
  • Outside my house, there’s a man in a blue car.
June’s writing challenge set by Ian:EECummings
Write something, anything, prose, poem, dialogue, anything, inspired by all or part of the following stanza of a poem by e e cummings (as read by Michael Caine in ‘Hannah and her Sisters,’ from the days in which it was ok to like Woody Allen):
somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience, your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

The only criteria is to avoid sentimentality.

May writing challenge

May Challenge:

A piece on the theme of a musical instrument (not the playing of it or the music  – which can be subsidiary themes) but the instrument itself,  a bit like Capt Correlli’s Mandolin or The Piano.Fiddle

“The Choice”


(some important choice or not that you have taken in the past, you are taking or need to take)

Could be real or fantasy 😉Choice

March writing challenge

ColourTripOur March writing challenge is:

“Walking on Colours”
Go for a short walk, paying attention as much as possible to one colour; list all the things found in this one colour then write a poem or short story about it.

Alternatively you can write something using any or all of the following words: key, basin, attic, font, purple.

As always, this is only a writing prompt for those who would like one.