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


A Month of Mini Writing Challenges

Day 9 – Write a haiku inspired by the theme “night”.

Soft whisper of wind
Light of the silvery moon
Children fast asleep

Crickets chirp, owls hoot
Angels sing halleluiah
Total darkness

Day 11 – Write a story set in a forest in 100 words or less.

Adventurous as she was, she walked further and further from her friends.
Looking at all the exotic plants and trees, she didn’t noticed she’s getting lost.
And that she’s moving around going back and forth and the paths crisscrossed.
By the time it was getting dark, she didn’t know what to do, how to get help.
She bumped into something mossy and spooky, that’s when she uttered a yelp.
Only silence in that eerie place, she’s imagining a lot of different scenario.
She waits; such tight corner she has entered and she doesn’t seem to get out.

Day 13 – The prompt is “space”. The format and length are your choice.


Leave me alone, I need my space
I don’t want to hear any gossip
As I walk around the room with grace
Don’t want to be the cause of any breakup
Especially sour grapes and anything bad
Keep your secret to yourself or write a poem
Don’t want to add anything to my keypad
I’m sure your poem will be awesome
In a fiction of course, no one knows it’s you
Alarming as it sounds, I’m not thirsty for it
It’s tough how those words could be construed
Let alone if they’re written in Sanskrit
I’m having a long bath, with loofah and razors
To contemplate on what I really like in my life
Hoping some of my questions will have answers
Like about the universe and is there an afterlife?
Storm comes and goes, then calmness will come
Peace at last, I say and speak to myself in sigh
Now I can do anything like wriggle my thumb
Give me my space, I want my life to simplify

Day 16 – Write a poem on the theme of “reflections”. Any length.


golden pond
water lilies, frogs, turtles
living happily

living happily
water lily in my hair
see my reflection

see my reflection
enjoying the gorgeous day
sitting by the pond


holding their hands by their knees
evening at a house

peaceful evening and some wine
reminiscing bygone days

candlelite dinner
hold hands under the table
her eyes are sparkling

crickets chirping by the trees
soft breeze whistling in the night

full moon reflection
lovers walk by the sea
man gave her his coat

they promise to love each one
kiss by the light of the moon

grandad telling jokes
everyone’s eager to hear
laughing our hearts out

granny’s apple cake all gone
now having nice cups of tea

For: “A Month of Mini Writing Challenges“, Taboo Words, days 7, 8, 9 (he, with, on)

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Melody – Daily Prompt


life rich in music
night to remember with glee
the sweet serenade

my fingers string well
with music so smooth it flows
melody of heart

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


ballad over a xylophone
striking a row of wooden bars
like the sound of stringed sitar
he sang in a rich baritone

just like his heart
his voice rich and meaty
singing to his dear
who’s all ears to him
on this serenade
such joy to watch

the xylophone’s sweet melody
with the trombone and tambourine
appreciating music with grin
a night to remember with glee

as we walk
by the silvery moon
we held hands
ah! this is life
rich in music
rich in love

ang kapangyarihan ng pag-ibig
ikaw at ako magpakailanman*

* The power of love
you and me forever

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


By the light of the silvery moon
I sing my heart to you, my dear
I don’t just sing, I swoon and croon
As I look at the lovely chandelier

I wait here in the lobby, by the chandelier
Until dawn, when Mother Nature smiles
You’re worth a million times, with a cheer
Pursuing your affection and smile

Melody from the heart, eloquence so soft
I seek the haze of my soul and affection
Ah, there you are, as my hat was doffed
Such loving bliss, as I put in your caption

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Melody, Taboo Words for the Taboo Word Challenge – Days 1 and 2 (at/do)


Other “melody” posts:
Writing Prompt: Melody -why I love you
Playing piano in the dark