#BlogBattle: Wretched


July 2020 Blog Battle

Our word this month is:


You can start writing at any time, but make sure you post your story by the 30th of the month to have your story shared here and on social media.

Once you’ve posted your story to your blog, put a link to it in the comments section, and we’ll add your story to the Battle Stories Line-up post.

Make sure to check back and read some of the stories of your fellow battlers. Leave comments to encourage these writers, and share each other’s stories!

Basic Rules:

The Prompt Word will be given the First Tuesday of Every Month.

Post your story by the 30th of the Same Month.


  1. 1000 words max (give or take a few)
  2. fictional tale (or true if you really want)
  3. Any genre that fits within PG-13 (or less) Content – let’s keep this family friendly!
  4. Your story must contain the randomly chosen word(s) and/or be centered around the word meaning in a way that shows it is clearly related.
  5. Go for the entertainment value!
  6. Put a link back to your #BlogBattle Short Story in the comments section
  7. Please tweet and otherwise share your battler buddies’ stories across social media.
    1. Use the hashtag #BlogBattle when tweeting all the stories so we can cross-share.
  8. Have fun!
Any photos included with the prompt are only for your benefit as a pinch of inspiration. They don’t need to dictate your theme or story genre. Only the Word of the Month counts! Photos are thanks Snappa.com

73 thoughts on “#BlogBattle: Wretched

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        • You’re welcome and powerful read. I knew where you were coming from without the imagining comment at the end. The emotive content is raw indeed.

          Have you turned comments off? I couldn’t find the box to do that 🤕

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          • No need to apologise… I’m reknowened for mucking things up here!

            Check your other posts first to see if comments are working. If they are then the settings for this post need turning back on. If all comments are not working then the solution is from the admin dashboard under posts. I’m working from memory here, but I can check if you want.

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          • Actually if it’s just the post, go into edit it, open settings and scroll down to more options and the enable comments tick box is alongside allow pingbacks and trackbacks.

            If you’re copying posts to save starting over each time like me then it’s possible it was turned off in a previous post and carried over.

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          • Excellent… I’ll be over to tomorrow now to test it 🙃

            Intriguing though methinks…. next time you just get post likes might be an idea to check comments are on…. note to self there too 😂

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          • Four days ago…. terrible my bad there, but as Mr Crabs says to Squidward… “What is today but yesterday’s tomorrow.” I’m intending a big catch up today though 🙄

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          • On it soon, although now I’ve a predicament to solve too…scheduled post not actually paying attention to when it’s supposed to go live and in need of a manual push 🤕

            Still, I actually made it before last minute.com 😂

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          • Ha, ha, it got worse…. the re-theme reset commenting to bog off everyone, the post format is all over and the solution is escaping me and I’m still no nearer figuring out why the scheduling failed lol.

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          • Oh sad! Sorry about that😧. Down side to Technology. They are as flawed as humans😑

            WordPress should have Admin helpers? I am not yet conversant with this app. You had to help me out the other time 😂😂😂😩

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          • Fear not, one problem was solved and the other is a quirk I’d not considered. Writing in one programme then cutting and pasting into the WordPress editor actually drags in formatting codes. Hence the format going wrong. More annoying when you find, after years of use, a blasted icon that strips formatting from the pasted text.

            This time I need to edit the post and redo it to fix though 🙄

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    • Ha, ha Josh… I knew this one would be right in your prompt zone. As for where time goes I’ve no idea here.

      I’m miles behind here. Mind you I’m trying to get the blog theme sorted. Talk about learning curve although I’m stealing my wife’s time a bit here. Tech I do, arty and presentation I don’t… think we’ve had that discussion before!

      Rachael, I did email you back so just checking you got it here 😗

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    • Yes, you are #1! 😀 It is such an interesting word to be here at this time. We plan the words at least six months (up to a year) in advance and schedule them out, so I didn’t even remember this one on the docket. Is that a new profile image? I like it! Any significance?

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      • Thank you, and yes, I upgraded my website recently and am slowly making changes to it. The image is a blend of Celtic and Native American motifs, two cultures I draw inspiration from.
        Two months in a row of very significant words … too bad we have to wait to see what the August prompt is!

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        • I love it! Very pretty. In colors, it also has an East Indian appeal, I think. Well, keep up the good work. And now you must wait in agonizing slowlness for the days of July to drag by until August’s word is revealed! Muahahahaha! 😀

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