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Billybuc's Writing Challenge Returns

The Whole Point and Nothing but the Point

The whole point is to kick your muse in the butt and get he/she/them active. You win nothing by taking part, but you will receive positive feedback from this great writing community, and sometimes that kind of support is better than money.

There have been some very nice discoveries since I started dishing out these writing prompts. There’s a young lady in Ohio who previously did nothing but articles about a healthy lifestyle, but it turns out she has some serious game when it comes to short stories. Who would have known without these prompts? And then there’s the guy in Colorado, likes to write articles about cars. Who would have guessed there was a poet inside of him screaming to be released?

So let’s do this thing and move on to the very simple rules.

The Rules Are Ridiculously Easy

I’m going to give you three photos below. Those are your prompts. I’m going to ask you to use all three of them in your story. The length of your story is up to you, but it must relate to the photos. And yes, if you are a poet, feel free to write a poem about the photos rather than a short story or flash fiction.

That’s it! Easy Peasy!

Here are those photos!

cardboard boxes

cardboard boxes


And Now It’s Your Turn to Create

I am looking forward to your creations. Please, email me at and let me know you have responded to the challenge, and leave me a link to your story so it’s easy for me to find it.

Ready . . . set . . . CREATE!

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 14, 2020:

It is my pleasure, Li-Jen! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this finds you safe and healthy.

Li-Jen Hew on December 13, 2020:

Hi Bill, so thoughtful of you to initiate this writing challenge. It's initiatives like this that sometimes keep the inspiration alive and unite us all. Thanks for sharing.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 11, 2020:

I completely agree, Linda! It is a beautiful response to the challenge.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 10, 2020:

To use an American (baseball) expression, you knocked this one out of the park. Anyone else would pen a simple short story, but you wove a colorful verse, and it speaks so well of current events.

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Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 10, 2020:

That is always a worthy goal, Devika!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 10, 2020:

It should be fun, Linda! Let's see what our friends come up with.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 10, 2020:

John, if your muse is like mine, she will have something for you shortly. Thanks for taking this challenge on.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 10, 2020:

Thanks Greg! You do the same, and Happy Holidays to you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 10, 2020:

I understand, Sha! I hope you do, but I understand your disappointment.

I hope you are well, friend. Stay safe and Happy Holidays to you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 10, 2020:

Bill your idea is great to get our minds away from reality.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 09, 2020:

You've shared some interesting photos, Bill. As always, it will be enjoyable to read the stories and poems that people create.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 09, 2020:

I passed these pics on to my muse, Bill, and she is working on them as I speak. Who does what she will come up with? Thanks for the prompt.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on December 09, 2020:

Bill - I'm with Sha. I love these prompts, and I'll likely put something together one day soon just for grins. Thanks again for putting this out well and have a good week.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 09, 2020:

You know I love these photo prompts, Bill. Maybe this is what I need.

The recent changes within HP have left me quite discouraged and on the verge of disinterested. Even when finding the back door open in order to comment, we're not notified when the author responds. Perhaps because the algorithms aren't lurking in the alley and don't see us sneaking in.

I'll see what I can do, but it may be a while before my muse comes out of her cocoon.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 09, 2020:

You and me both, Rosina! Thank you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 09, 2020:

I do too, Brenda! Thanks for stopping by, and blessings to you always.

Rosina S Khan on December 09, 2020:

I would love to read the stories created from the challenge. Thanks for sharing, Bill.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 09, 2020:

I think a challenge helps us all to keep our imaginations fired up.

I look forward to reading them.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 09, 2020:

Pamela, it's just fun to see what other writers do with these challenges. Thanks for stopping by.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 09, 2020:

Thank you Manatita! I always enjoy the results on these challenges.

Best wishes, my friend!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 09, 2020:

It will be very interesting to read the stories, Bill. I like it when you give prompts. I don't know if I will try a story or not.

manatita44 from london on December 09, 2020:


A lovely challenge!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 09, 2020:

Or perhaps, Peggy, there is someone moving from their childhood home, or there is an abused woman fleeing her husband, or a homeless man will come by, pick up the boxes, and make a shelter out of them. :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 09, 2020:

Alyssa, I actually thought of you when I posted this. I want to see more creative writing from you, so YES! I'm looking forward to your next effort. Happy Wednesday to you, my friend.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 09, 2020:

When I saw the boxes, I immediately thought of how you use them in your gardening. I will look forward to reading some stories that come from your photo prompts.

Alyssa from Ohio on December 09, 2020:

I was so excited to see this, Bill! You've made my life much easier moving forward into the New Year with this prompt. I'll be pondering these photos for a little bit and waiting for inspiration to strike. Thank you! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 09, 2020:

I'm looking forward to it, Ann! I saw that pile of boxes and immediately thought of a story, but I'll leave all that up to you and the others to finish. :)

Happy Wednesday my friend!


Ann Carr from SW England on December 09, 2020:

Oh bill! Just when I thought I didn't need to worry about challenges for a while!

Seriously, who would think that a pile of old boxes could get the imagination going? I'm up for it but it might take a while.

Thank you - it takes me out on a tangent!


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