Writing Challenge: Starting Over

For some of us, blogging is personal. Others are trying to educate or entertain; many more are hybrids. Yet we’re all storytellers. Creative Writing Challenges help you to push your writing boundaries, show off your blogging chops, and, hopefully, spark more post ideas.

To participate, tag your post with DPchallenge or leave a link to it in the comments. (It would also be great if you could link to this post to encourage people to take part – the more the merrier!)  Your post should be specifically written in response to this challenge. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorite posts on Freshly Pressed on Friday.

Making a new start is never as simple as it seems on paper. It’s easy to talk about losing a few pounds or giving up the job you hate to weave animal-shaped baskets on a tropical island, but less so to make it happen, and keep at it.

In this week’s writing challenge, we’re asking you to write a short piece of creative writing (fiction/poetry/prose poetry/freeform mindjazz/whatever floats your boat) on the theme of Starting Over.

Drop Starting Over on your page and see where it takes you. Or, if you need a bit more to go on, here are some more ideas to play with broken down into a handful of genres/approaches:

Poetry/Prose Poetry

  • Winter’s end
  • A new stage of life
  • Moving on, up, down or sideways
  • Picking at a scab
  • Cherry blossoms in flight

Free Writing

  • New Year resolutions: aftermath
  • Where I’ve been, where I’m going, how they clash
  • Overcoming it all
  • You can never go home again


  • Sometimes things don’t stay dead
  • You can’t escape the things you’ve done
  • House of echoes
  • Consumed by the past

Science Fiction

  • Hard reset
  • Temporal disruption
  • Dissolving identity
  • Regime shift


  • Back, out of the blue
  • Swept away
  • Discovering a new me
  • Life after impossible love


  • A New reign
  • Burnt village
  • After the quest
  • Dark omen


  • You can never go home again
  • Regret and remembrance
  • Road trip
  • The spiral down


  • Old identity unearthed
  • Revenger’s tragedy
  • Aftermath of a heist
  • The imperfect murder

As always, show us what you’ve got in the comments, or tag your post with DPchallenge.

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  1. I must admit to a cheat too.

    After a recent encounter with some blog “stalkers”, I was forced in a sense, to change the whole nature of my blog. It was something that I deeply mourned and still do, however, as the challenge asks us to do, it forced me to push past my comfort zone. To change the tone and types of postings I authored. Below is the first post where I realize how to “beat” the stalkers. The second is one of my NEW posts, not the journal entry like posts of yore but something totally different. I have also been dabbling in poetry too!


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  3. This sounds exciting. =) It’s a great list to keep for writers for the rest of the year actually.
    Thank you very much for the challenge.



  4. I have a small problem, as I don’t know how to do links, or pingbacks so that inhibits my taking part, in a public way at least, but it’s a great challange. Well done for coming up with it


    1. All you have to do for a pingback is just to tag your post as DPchallenge, and to turn a word into a link all you have to do is highlight the word, then touch the insert/edit link- icon. It’s the 10th icon on the row under the ‘Add Media’-button. You know where you have all your B-bold, I-italics etc. It’s the little chain link one. When you click it a little box pops up and you can just paste the internet address to where it says url. So to link back to this you would simply copy and paste:
      Then you should have your post on the pingback list. :)
      And if you want to insert a link into a comment box, like here, all you have to is copy and paste the address of your post here.


  5. Thanks everyone for the amazing response. I think there’s a year’s worth of reading here, after which we can all *cough* start again.


  6. Hello, Lovelies! Firstly, your prompt gave me A LOT of ideas to last a few months! So, I combined two of them and present to you a story. Hope you like it.

    Here’s the link:

    By the way, you are doing an amazing job, folks.

    Love and respect, XOXOXO