A Month of Mini Writing Challenges

Day 18 – The prompt is “a letter”. The format and length are your choice.


A Triolet is a poetic form consisting of only 8 lines. Within a Triolet, the 1st, 4th, and 7th lines repeat, and the 2nd and 8th lines do as well. The rhyme scheme is simple: ABaAabAB, capital letters representing the repeated lines.

I send you my kiss through the post
Hope it gets there to give you cheer
Quite tough being on coast to coast
I send you my kiss through the post
When we meet we will have a toast
And we just have to persevere
I send you my kiss through the post
Hope it gets there to give you cheer

Day 19 – It’s night. You’re asleep. You hear a loud crash close by. What happens next? Tell us in less than 100 words.


I woke up. Loud crash close by. Coming from parents’ room. I wonder what the matter this time. Is Dad leaving us again? Will Mum let him go? Are we going to be miserable again? The last time this scene happened, Dad left us in the morning. He hugged us and told us to be good and look after each other. That one day he would come back, he hoped. We cried, we didn’t want him to go. Mum pretended to be busy feeding Baby Ella. She told us to get ready for school, as if nothing happened. That was the most miserable three months in my life.

Day 24 – The prompt is “nightmare”. The format and length are your choice.


Pauline was looking forward to her holiday to Istanbul with her friend Janina. They seldom see each other and this holiday was planned big time. Janina booked her flight from Manchester and agreed to fly to London first so she could spend some time with Pauline before their flight to Istanbul. While they were packing their bags, Janina suggested they mix their stuff and bags in case some bags were lost or delayed, they’ve got at least some clothes from the other bag. Pauline agreed and packed their stuff.
At Istanbul airport, Pauline was surprised when the Customs asked her to open her suitcase. They checked the luggage and took out Janina’s jewellery box. They asked her a lot of questions and she said the box wasn’t hers, her friend’s. They found some drugs hidden in the box. By that time, Janina was nowhere to be found. And Pauline was arrested because of a crime she didn’t commit. How could she ended up in Istanbul prison? What kind of a friend was Janina? How could she ever get out of this nightmare?

Day 26 – Write a story in less than 100 words that begins with: “Once upon a time…”

Once upon a time
In a land of sunny Bavaria
There lives a happy couple
Who have a house and a garden
Full of flowers, herbs and a vine
Two apple trees and three tortoises
They used to be three in that house
At 18, the son decided to leave
And he was gone to another land
To college and pursue his dreams
They had to let him go, empty the nest
It was sad at first
Now they’re used to it, back to being two
Making music together, having their own plans
Following their dreams, seeing the world
Going to places they haven’t been
The End

Day 27 – Write a poem inspired by the theme of “home” in less than 10 lines.


home is happy
home is cosy
home is warm
home doesn’t regret
home doesn’t mind sharing
home grows with love
I love our home!

Day 28 – Pick the title of a favourite song. That’s your inspiration. Now write a story inspired by it in 30 words.

When we were young, life seemed so magical, that we could always follow our dreams. The world was our oyster, we could be anywhere and everywhere and we could do anything.

Day 30 – Write a spooky story in 13 words for Halloween.

Horror movie scene with a girl dressed in white in a desolated house; Shutterstock ID 149780201; PO: 1259; Job: ghosts

Ghost wore a flowing wedding gown, barefoot, long hair cascaded and she disappeared.

For: “A Month of Mini Writing Challenges“, Taboo Words (not, for, it), Days 12,13,14


8 thoughts on “A Month of Mini Writing Challenges

  1. I have never come across a triolet before so I have learnt something new today 🙂
    Day 19’s story is so sad but very well written.
    Great take on the prompt for Day 24 – Poor Pauline!
    I love the 30 word story inspired by a song. It’s so true.
    I enjoyed reading all your stories and poems. Thanks so much for joining in the writing challenge 🙂

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  2. I’ve never heard of a triolet before. I learned something today and it’s only 7:40. My day is done, I’m going back to bed! 🙂 Prety awesome short stories and you conquered several challenges in one! Kudos to you!

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