July 2024 Year of the Dragon Bamboo Shoots Writing Challenge Prompts

Okay, Lanning, and anybody else who’s still alive out there. Let’s write the usual 100 to 1000.  Any kind of poem, story, essay, play, or hybrid style is good. In any language. No translation needed, although providing one might help reach a wider readership.

Here are some promos for you to consider, or ignore. Your choice.

Long, Longer, Longest
Happy, Happier, Happiest
Pale, Paler, Palest
Black, Blacker, Blackest
Cool, Cooler, Coolest
Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest
One, Two, Three
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet
Who, What, When, Where, Why
I, You, He, Her, It, We, You, They
North, South, East, West
One potato, Two potato, Three potato, Four (potato)
A, B, C
X, Y, Z
Alpha, Omega
Nick, Knack, Paddy Whack
Last in, First out (LIFO)
First in, Last out (FILO)

All right. Let’s write.


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