May 2023 Year of the Rabbit Bamboo Shoots Writing Contest Prompts : )

Okay, it’s time to write for May. Let’s go 100 to 500 words. This month’s challenge is to use a line or sentence twice.

Writing a poem? Use the same line as your first line and your last. Or repeat the line twice at the beginning or end. Or use it anywhere you like, so long as it appears twice. Like an echo. Or for emphasis. Or however.

Writing a story? Use the same sentence in the same way as above. Once at the beginning and once at the end. Twice at the beginning or twice at the end. Anywhere. As long as it’s used twice.

So here we go with prompt suggestions. Remember, you can completely ignore these prompts and write about whatever you want to write about. Here we go.

May Day
Best days
Worst days

To recap: 100 to 500 words, and a line or sentence used twice somewhere in your piece.

Okie Dokie, let’s write.


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