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Writers’ Dash Prompts for Week Beginning July 22, 2013

Published on Monday, July 22, 2013 by
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Each month we select the best Writers’ Dash submissions made through our blog comment system (whether Daily Dash, Piclit Dash (aka Picture Prompt)/#piclish on Twitter; or Siclit Dash (aka Fiction Prod)/#siclish on Twitter). The winning dash piece will be published on our site and promoted throughout our main social media channels (we are followed by several of the big six publishing houses, so show them your best!).

It’s not necessary to enter through the general submission process, just leave your dash piece in the comment section below. You will probably want to submit your best pieces of dash, so take some time to edit and revise before submission. See here for full details.


am: flint

pm: priory


am: feather

pm: totem


am: henge

pm: urn


am: cloister

pm: fire


Friday is now our dedicated dash and drabble (100-word story) day, inspired and encouraged by our good friend Crap Mariner. Crap’s weekly challenge this week is ‘pork.’ Try using both the dash prompt and the 100-word story prompt to create a Dash ‘n’  Drabble. Once you have your 100-word story feel free to add it to the comments section of this blog post as well as to Crap’s site.

am: hum drum

pm: tinder

Saturday & Sunday

We’ll reveal the fiction prod and picture prompt on Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned.

Please feel free to add your dash pieces to the comments section of this blog post below.


I found #writersdash on Twitter, what is it?

The Writers’ Dash (#writersdash on Twitter) is a 15-minute free writing exercise held on TwitterFacebook and Second Life® every weekday. At 5:30am & 5:30pm PDT we share the word prompt on our social media channels; the live event begins in Second Life® at 6am & 6pm PDT. Write whatever comes to you. Don’t fixate too heavily on what you are writing and disengage your inner editor – the key is for you to get the words on the page first; you can worry about editing later. If you are attending the live event in Second Life® there will be an opportunity for you to show your work to the other participants after the 15 minutes are up. If you are unable to attend the live event you can share your work on our blog. Just look out for the prompt post and leave your dash piece as a comment.

In addition to our week day prompts we also include two exciting challenges for the weekend:

  • The Siclit Fiction Prod (#siclish on Twitter) is a more challenging form of the dash, held on Twitter, Facebook and live on Second Life® every Saturday at 1:30 pm PST/4:30 pm EST/9:30 pm GMT.
  • The Piclit Dash (#piclish on Twitter) is a 15-minute free writing exercise inspired by a picture. It’s held on Twitter, Facebook and live on Second Life® every Sunday at 2:30 pm PST/5:30 pm EST/10:30 pm GMT.

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We provide a wealth of opportunities for writers to meet, share resources, access new markets, attend online writing events, workshops and interactive readings, and discover the best writers’ conferences, competitions, colonies and literary organisations.

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Whether you are dashing in Second Life®, on Twitter or Facebook we welcome your dashes in the comments section below.

3 Responses
    • flint
      When I was a kid, my Girl Scout Troop labored to get the Fire-Making Badge.
      It’s a good thing we didn’t live in past ages when the skill was needed for everyday life. We couldn’t have gotten a fire going fast enough or hot enough to cook anything.
      We were city kids, using Barbara’s fireplace for our practice area. Her Mom hovered over each kid who was trying to get a spark to light some very dry grasses and leaves. I think she was worried we might do it so well that we’d burn the house down.
      Each of us took turns hitting flint rocks together, hoping a spark would at least show. Better yet if a real spark landed on the leaves. Best if a bunch of sparks landed on the leaves and started some smoldering.
      Judy got that far, then gently blew on the smoldering leaves. But…but…blew out the “fire”.
      Her hands were sore and she was out of breath, so Carol took her turn.
      Carol did everything we read in the Boy Scout Handbook. We whispered encouragement and cheered as a few sparks landed on the dry stuff.
      Finally some actual smoke rose and we heard a crackling sound. “Yaaay!” we all shouted.
      Carol achieved her badge. So did two others. Somehow we felt we all had done it right, even if we didn’t all pass the test.
      Franja Russell 7-22-2013

    • Struck

      Flint and steel
      we strike a spark
      a thrill to feel
      a foil to dark
      to tend with tinder
      kindling higher
      from one small cinder
      a blazing fire
      against the chill
      and pitch of night
      steeling our will
      flinting our light
      a lightning blaze
      then lingering on
      our yesterdays
      dissolve in dawn.

      © Merry Chase 22 July 2013

      See the poem illustrated on my blog along with others, here:

    • Fire
      “Nice fire, Billy.” said his Dad as they sat on logs encircling the campfire. Billy started the fire to ward off the morning chill as the boys and their Dads were getting out of sleeping bags, getting dressed, and starting breakfast preparations.
      Billy grinned and nodded to his Dad. “A real good fire-maker taught me how to do it.”
      Dad grinned, “It was your Grandpa who taught me.”
      “I wish he’d lived long enough for me to get to know him better.” said Billy with a sigh.
      “Yea, he went real quick. But maybe it was better that way. He’d have hated being sick a long time.” Dad’s face showed the sadness he still felt.
      “Well,” Billy continued, “we can make sure all the men in our family know how to make a good campfire and we’ll tell the everyone about him. I’m glad I knew him, even for a little while. I have lots of stories to tell the guys about him.”
      “Good.” answered Dad.
      “I’m glad you told me all the things you remember about him.” Billy said, glancing over at his Dad.
      “So am I, Billy.” Dad answered.
      “Billy.” Dad said, a little sharply.
      “Yea, Dad.” answered Billy.
      “One thing Grandpa always did was tell me he was proud of me. He’d always tell me what I’d done that he was happy about. So I knew he wasn’t just saying it.”
      Billy thought that over for a minute, then replied, “You do that too.” Then he smiled and said, “I guess making a fire isn’t the only good thing Grandpa taught us.”
      Then both grinned, stared into the fire, and let memories of Grandpa fill the time.
      Franja Russell 7-25-2013

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