Tell Me A Story Saturday – Writing Challenge – 5/17/14


It’s time for another “Tell Me a Story” Challenge. I always enjoy the 100-word writing challenges very much, and I take part in as many as I can. However, it’s also important to get good practice and exercise in writing short stories that are not “flash fiction” stories, but long enough to allow for the characters and plot to be more fully developed.

That’s why I generally offer a challenge that allows for at least 500 words. This week I am suggesting that the work can be as much as 700 words and still be acceptable.

Your assignment – should you choose to participate – is to “Tell Me A Story” — in prose or poetry either one — that includes the following FOUR things:

1. A Lighthouse



2. Fresh Vegetables



3. A Wooden Indian



4. YOUR CHOICE of a Gun – OR – a Set of Wedding Rings




engage - wedd rings


Be sure and note that you have a choice for the 4th item. Use the gun OR the set of wedding rings, but not both.

Post your story on your own blog and hop over here to leave the link to it in the “Comments” section. Try to come back and check out stories by the other writers as much as you can.

Any length up to 700 words is acceptable, and the challenge will close Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 12:00 Midnight U. S. Central Daylight Savings Time.

Please remember that my blog is G/PG in nature.

Happy Writing!





16 thoughts on “Tell Me A Story Saturday – Writing Challenge – 5/17/14

    1. That’s why these kinds of challenges prove to be such effective tools in creative writing classes. There’s something about making ourselves integrate so many ordinarily unrelated things into one story that stretches the imagination farther than just a single word or sentence can do. I’ve never personally written about these four things together — although I have assigned this grouping for students in the past. I only hope I’m up to it myself.

  1. Aha. This explains why I see less of you in Friday Fictioneers. For obvious reasons I don’t have time to participate in this challenge. All my best and Godspeed, my friend.



    1. I actually only do this occasionally. It’s not a “weekly” thing — although I do try to make it come out on a Saturday because that doesn’t seem to interfere with anyone else’s challenges. But sometimes I can combine this kind of challenge with what I’m doing in my creative writing classes and it helps me keep my mind on my work that makes me money at the same time that I’m having fun.

      I’d like to make it a weekly thing, but I just don’t have the time either right now. About the time I think I will have the time, the bottom sort of falls out of my plans. I’m sure you can relate.

  2. Thanks for the challenge! I’ve been looking for a good challenge/prompt to use to make regular progress on my “for fun” story on my blog.

    1. I’m glad you discovered this one. I have about half a dozen hanging around here somewhere. They are usually posted on a Saturday, but not every week, and they will usually have the “Tell Me A Story” prefix in the post title.

      The last challenge I posted, the first Saturday in August, was the “Man With A Gun” challenge, which was supposed to bring out a story for each Saturday in August, but my own schedule got too busy for me to keep up, so I had to just table that plan. But I still invited anyone interested to write a story based on that challenge anyway. I’ll get over to your site as soon as I have more time today to read your story. Thanks for doing one.

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