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…

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.


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