October is here, witches!
I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge Halloween fan. I love pumpkins and carving spooky faces into them. Maybe it’s my inner psychopath coming out, but it gives me great joy to cover the house in cobwebs and skeletons and cover myself in fake blood.
And since this is my first year blogging – with a following larger than 20 people – I thought that it would be really cool to do something Halloween-related on the blog that would connect all of us bloggers.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted it to be, but since NaNoWriMo is in November and loads of us book bloggers are writers ourselves, I thought that it would be a great idea if I made a writing meme that’s focused around Halloween!
You might say I’m an evil genius.
okay, i’ll stop
This meme will be called Spooky Quilling because I’m a one-woman show and that’s the
first best thing I could think of.
There will be 5 days (every Tuesday of October leading up to Halloween) you’ll need to participate in
or you’ll die and each day will have a writing prompt for you to follow. The prompts will be listed a bit later in the post.
You will need to sign up for this meme, though, because I’ll be reading each of your responses to the prompts and choosing winners at the end. The winners ideally would’ve usually gotten a book of my choice that goes with Halloween spooky-ness, but I don’t have money for that so instead the reward will be me showcasing your winning story in the announcement post on my blog. Hopefully next year if I decide to do this again, I’ll be able to give out a physical prize to the winners.
The main things I’ll be looking for in a good spooky story is:
- Something gross that will make me cringe.
- Sends a chill down my spine.
- Too creepy for me to read with lights off.
- A well-rounded story with an introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion.
- Keeps me interested. I don’t want to read anything that’s boring.
Hopefully this meme won’t be a complete flop and there’ll be at least five people that participate so that a different person can win each round haha.
please don’t make this be a flop
i really want this to succeed
I don’t like rules either, but the world would be chaos without them, so here they are!
- You have to be following my blog.
- You have to sign up in the form at the end of this post so I know who’s participating.
- You have to submit at least two of the writing prompts in order to be considered as a participant. If you only submit one, then you won’t have a chance in winning the challenge – sorry!
- It’s okay if your prompts are a few days late as long as they’re all up on your blog by November 1st cause that’s when I’m planning on choosing the winners!
- Have fun!
Side Note: If you don’t have a blog but still want to participate, let me know and I’ll give you my email where you can send me your entries for the prompts!
Follow the prompts as well as you can. The way you submit your writing is by posting a blog post on your blog linking back to this post so that I know you participated for that prompt. You also need to use the tag spookyquilling when you post your post so that it’s easy for me to find it if I for some reason didn’t see your pingback.
Prompt 1 – October 3:
For this prompt you have to write a spooky story about how the villain of a story – a story already in existence or of your own imagination – became the villain. This has to be 666 words (I know it’s hard but try and get it exact – you never know, it may bring you good luck).
Prompt 2 – October 10:
Write a spine-tingling tale chronicling a character experiencing your worst fear. This has to be written in second person and can be any length you’d like (though I’d appreciate it being less than 2,000 words for my own sanity).
Prompt 3 – October 17:
Put together a narrative of survival. This can be anything from surviving from a kidnapping or even surviving oneself. Use your creativity in this one. You’ll need to rely on who your character(s) are and how they deal with the circumstances you put them in.
Prompt 4 – October 24:
This story is going to be all about the supernatural. Whether it be ghosts, witches, zombies, or mummies, write about a supernatural experience/entity that will make the reader stay up late at night hidden beneath their blanket. Don’t hold anything back. This one has to be 1,000+ words.
Prompt 5 – October 31:
Unlike the other stories you’ve written, this one doesn’t have to be spooky or scary. Instead, write about a group of friends (human, vampires, etc.) and how they end up spending their Halloween night. This story can be spooky if you want to make it that way, but it’s not required.
That’s it! I hope that some of y’all will participate in this! I won’t be writing any prompts myself (but if I do, I will show y’all, I promise!) I can’t wait to see what stories you guys have in store for me!