February #BlogBattle: Revolution

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February 2021 Blog Battle

Our word this month is:

Revolution

You can start writing at any time, but make sure you post your story by the

19th of February

to have a link 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 that goes live the 3rd Friday of the month (the same as the post-by date).

Make sure to check back and read some of the stories of your fellow battlers. Leave comments to encourage these writers. And go a step further in supporting one another by sharing each other’s stories on your own blog or social media, whatever you’re most comfortable with!

Basic Rules:

The Prompt Word will be given the First FRIDAY of every month.

Post your story by the 3rd Friday of the same month (this is the same date as the Stories post goes live).

RULES

  1. up to 2000 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)-type 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 to public domain photo sharing sites like Unsplash and Pixabay.

55 thoughts on “February #BlogBattle: Revolution

    • Back in the game Tat! Good to see you although there’s been a few changes recently. Word counts have increased to up to 2000 and there is a new deadline to submit posts which is third Friday of the month.

      That said I’ll let you off as it’s been too long since I’ve seen you. Will add you to the story post and hope you come back way more often…. which FYI means next prompt is this Friday so errr…no pressure…. much haha.

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    • Hi Marian. I went to look at this ready to enter it into the story post and I’m getting “Cannot open page because the sever stopped responding” error.

      I’ll check back later in case it’s under a maintenance schedule. If not then it might be something to do with my iPad.

      If anyone else can see it please say so!

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  3. Hey, this is somewhat off-topic, but if Gary and Rachael decide to go with the whole participation award model of Blog Battle, I could sweeten the pot. For reaching that first significant threshold, maybe ten stories, if they haven’t had one already, or even if they just want one again, I give them an author interview. They haven’t changed since I did Rachael’s–it’s a canned menu of questions that authors can choose from–but it’s a nice sort of thing to link to on your blog. Even though I know you’re doing interviews already here, which is terrific, having multiples on your About Me page can make us look like Real Authors, and that’s always a good thing. : )

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    • Apologies for the delay Cathleen. I found this trapped in spam! No idea how that happened. I think more exposure for writers would be a great idea. The milestone awards thing is still in the discussion tank. As is adding a subheading to the main stories should anyone not have time to fit inside the the new minima and maxima counts. An inclusive thought so those wanting flash fiction can enter as a sub category separate from the main stories. I know some who used to write frequently are only able to do the short sprints for life reasons.

      As always time and life sits between talk and action haha. It’s not forgotten though so do remind me if nothing seems to be happening!!

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    • Funny piece Sarah and rather daring to filch chocolate! I’ve added your story to a subsection for Flash Fiction on the story post (ie under 250 words). After the rule changes I’m not wanting to exclude people who prefer shorter fiction. Especially long term battlers like you! Ergo the story post now has a dedicated sub-heading.

      I hope that’s ok 😊

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  5. I get slightly intimidated when I see full stories the same or the next day. Were those already in the pipes and just got edited to fit the prompt? Or was the prompt so inspiring?

    As my February story will be a continuation of January, I have some sort of an idea that I came up with just the other day. Thankfully, I still have plenty of time to write it out.

    Thank you for giving us this opportunity to stretch our creative brains and to discover so many other talented people!

    As per usual, I will catch up on reading once all of the stories are posted (so I don’t skip anyone and don’t get influenced by other entries).

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    • Just wanted to point out that while I’m working on the novella, the next story is already drafted by the time we get the word. Then it’s just a matter of rewriting. Of course some months the word is easier to cope with than others, and after next month I’ll be done with the novella and will then just have to wait for the word … which might be a nice change of pace!

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    • In my case, my memoir was already drafted and in revision. If I’d needed to write a completely new story, I’d likely still be tinkering with it.

      And don’t let yourself get intimidated. When it comes to writing, you do you. Your words take as long as they take. Don’t post until you’re happy with them.

      Self-imposed deadlines are fine as long as they’re constructive. If they’re not, remember–you can always chuck them. They don’t always work out. : )

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    • Don’t overthink Sam. Some people do pre-write then adjust it to fit. Might be a case of plotter versus pantser going on. Plotters being ready, the rest of us go with the flow when the muse drops in.

      In my case I have no excuses to be late as one of my roles here is to produce a word list for the year. That said, I tend to leave it late quite often due to age related amnesia haha. Actually, last time I started while creating the BB prompt post for my blog. It was a continuation of last month so wrote itself.

      It might also be a result of the rule change too. Four weeks produced a drip feed of entries, now it’s condensed down with a change to the announcement day so it hits a weekend. Maybe people are writing quicker because of that?

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