Writing Prompts for the September Year of the Ox Writing Contest

Aloha, writers.  This month again we have no word limit.  Enter as many times as you like.  Ignore all prompts if you wish.

From “Spirit Rocks,” by Jim Harstad

The bad luck cycle has been stopped in its tracks.

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From “How It’s Hanging,” by Lanning Lee

Comedy is the hardest thing to write.

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From “Encounters,” by Joy Gold

One time, the biggest roach I ever saw
Got stuck in my hair . . .

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From “What Not to Buy for Lunch (for your parents),” by Doreen Beyer

Mom didn’t like its color.
Dad said it tasted funny.
I couldn’t judge.

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From “Diacritical is critical,” by Misty Sanico

ʻokina and kahakō

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From “A Maze,” by Lanning Lee

It’s good for a local island boy to see life from somewhere else once in a while.

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Okay, everybody, remember prompts are suggestions only.  Use them as springboards, or forget about them completely.

Okay, let’s write : )

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