1,000 Words, Take Two

For some of us, blogging is personal. Others are trying to educate or entertain; many more are hybrids. Yet we’re…

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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.

You had a lot of fun with the A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words challenge, and we had a lot of fun reading your entries – so let’s go for Round Two. Your challenge this week is to write a post based on this picture:

Couple Embracing

Photo courtesy of Cheri Lucas.

We see lots of possibilities in this photo:

  • Who are these people? What’s their relationship?
  • Where are they?
  • Are they saying hello or goodbye? Or something else altogether? Are they just clinging to one another to keep from sliding down the steep cobblestones?
  • Who’s coming/going, and why? Where are they coming from/going to?
  • Are the people behind them waiting for them? Are they happy for the couple, or irritated?

We also think there’s plenty of room here for people who don’t want to wander into the realm of fiction or poetry:

  • When was the last time you had a joyous reunion or difficult departure?
  • How does looking at this couple make you feel?
  • Have you visited or lived in a place that looked like this?
  • Could you use a hug? Why?

As with the last “1,000 Words” challenge, we know you’re going to see things in this photo that would never have occurred to us, no matter how long we stared — and that never would have occurred to the actual people in the photo. We can’t wait to see where you go.

ETA: Just to clarify, your post doesn’t actually have to be 1,000 words. Use as many (or as few) words as you think your post needs.

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    1. I believe it’s a play on the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Last time there were short stories, poems and non-fiction essays of varying lengths.


      1. I had three guesses before I looked it up … all wrong! I’m loving how many different locations, perspectives, back stories this challenge is generating.


  1. Brand new to this entire world of blogging. I have been told by many to start blogging my journals, my children story books and my daily goofy encounters. I would love to participate as my mind has already wrapped up the first image and ready to take the challenge. However, I am so challenged on this technical stuff I am having major difficulties in setting up and finishing my home site. Not even sure where to click to even start submitting my 1000 words. Maybe next time. Goodluck bloggers have fun creating and sharing today on this challenge.


  2. read some interesting pieces, so apparently I am not the only one that did a romantic piece on this, a lot of talent on this board and interesting tales too

    this is my first time trying the challenge too to those who are new


  3. Sorry for the consecutive comments, did not mean to spam but I was unsure of how the reblogging worked, this was a disaster, forgive me everyone, done commenting on this page and taking up space.


  4. Sucks. It’s my first time doing the challenge. Actually I just figured out how and opened my wordpress account end of this month. Don’t know the rules and don’t want to break the rules for this challenge. So I dared no insert any picture into my cosy little love story. It’s the most pain plain ugly looking post in my blog. Only after I saw other’s story with pictures. I went back trying to update with all different shoots of the little cute Forget-Me-Not flowers and gorgeous Seville cathedrals, of course, the Tapa, food, my specialty area. but didn’t take. it always say that I have more updated version something to that effect. the “updated version” is the one without any pictures. Ugly ugly ugly.
    Do anybody know whether I can fix it and put in some picture some way. Thanks so much and a great day


    1. Hi Mabel! It looks like you still have two posts, one with the text of your story, and one that’s just a link. You should be able to delete the link-only post, and just stick with the text. You should also be able to insert images into that one once your delete the duplicate. (Also, it’s not “ugly ugly ugly”! Lots of people enjoy simply writing, no photos needed.)

      There aren’t really any rules you can break for our challenges; they’re just for you to have fun with. No worries!


      1. Thank you so much Michelle,

        for helping. I couldn’t find the link without the text now. Think I deleted it 8 hours ago? I have no idea why there are 2 posts of same title. It happened before. I don’t think I published the post twice. Could it be the “press it”? I am guessing press it means you apply for an entry of the “freshly pressed”, or is it? Again, thanks a lot for helping and thank you for the opportunity. It’s fun.


  5. I want to know exactly where this place with the funicular railway (that looks like an up-cycled Airstream caravan) actually IS. It looks like Umbria, perhaps, or Malta, or somewhere in Southern Spain. Can anyone tell me – privately, if necessary. Then I will write my humble short story.


    1. I reckon it can be anything a poem a story or something you feel.. I have tired to put those things.. I thought of writing a poem but ended up doing a story something which has a hint of my life in it.. Please like or leave a comment i am just a novice thanks


  6. Will you let us know you are putting us in Freshly Pressed or should we check on Freshly Pressed to see if we make it? I don’t know how that works since this was the first time I entered.


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