Sunday Writing Challenge

The first three weeks of this project have been aimed towards getting our word count up. As a recap, the first week was 1,000 words for the whole week, the second was 280 words a day, and last time it was 500 words a day. This week is a little bit different. First things first though – let’s check in.

Personal confession time – I did terrible this week. I don’t know what it was, what my mental block or concentration was up to, but ultimately I did poorly on my own challenge. Four nights out of seven. Hopefully, everyone else was more successful. Let me know in the comment section.

This week: The below image is courtesy of our resident fabulous photographer, Kortney Thoma. If you haven’t been following along, she has been writing the Picture This column for Persephone.

Empty booths, winter windows

This week write something inspired by this photograph. Minimum word length of 500 – no maximum.

That’s it! You have until 10 p.m. next Sunday to check in and tell us how you did.


Need a little inspiration? Try this writing exercise:

Write 100 short sentences about a character you are working on in a piece of fiction. The sentences should not connect and should not follow one another in any logical way. The idea of this exercise is to force you to outrun your own thoughts and intelligence and critical mind. Be careful not to be monotonous, using the name of your character or a pronoun to start each sentence. A better exercise would be to write 200 or 500 sentences about this character, but 100 sentences is still enough of a stretch to make this useful. The idea for this exercise comes from a collaboration the poet John Yau did with a painter, which was to match 1,000 small watercolors with sentences by Yau. John Yau is the author of Edificio Sayonara, Forbidden Entries, and Hawaiian Cowboys, among other books. (via The 3am Epiphany)

By [E] Slay Belle

Slay Belle is an editor and the new writer mentor here at Persephone Magazine, where she writes about pop culture, Buffy, and her extreme love of Lifetime movies. She is also the editor of You can follow her on Twitter, @SlayBelle or email her at

She is awfully fond of unicorns and zombies, and will usually respond to any conversational volley that includes those topics.

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