January #BlogBattle: Dynamic

January 2023 Blog Battle

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Our word this month is:


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

20th of January

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).


  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.

38 thoughts on “January #BlogBattle: Dynamic

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    • Good to see Joy. I bagged this from the ping back already. I did try and leave a comment but the submit button wasn’t having it. I think a few of us have had that break recently too 😊

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    • For some reason, I can’t comment on your story, Joy.

      I click submit, and nothing happens… But it’s a lovely piece! Here’s what I had to say:

      Gorgeous writing!

      I loved how you toyed with the imagery, from bottles and room sprays to a swimmer gasping for breath to roses thrown after a funeral.

      And that final line! Brilliant.

      I can’t help but wonder what the death faeries are. They have such an almost oxymoronic name. “Faeries” conjures up pictures of delightful—almost childlike—magic. But the death faeries? I love it. And is their shepherd human, faerie, or something else entirely?

      You did so much with such a short piece!

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      • Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m still developing this world and all its intricacies, but I do believe the shepherds and shepherdesses are human. There is a bit more back story to them, though, that I have yet to uncover.

        Death Faeries surprised me too! I’ve had flower faeries, mountain faeries, fire faeries, etc. Once the idea popped in my head, it made perfect sense that there would be faeries involved in death as well.

        If only I could figure out what on earth is up with my comment system. Gary wasn’t able to comment either, but I updated my plugins and had a comment come through. I suppose the tech gremlins have returned to torment me!

        Thanks for reading!

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  4. Well, it’s been a minute since I last visited you lovely folk here at the #BlogBattle.

    I’m popping by at least once this year to see how you’re all doing and to let you know I’m still alive! I’ve penned a goofy little thing about aliens. Unfortunately, it has been a while since I’ve written a short story, so I need some practice.

    I hope everyone is doing well and you’ve had a great new year!

    Here’s my piece: https://joshuainsole.com/short-stories/a-cupcake-a-day-keeps-the-aliens-away/

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    • Rather like my extended break Joshua. I noticed you had a new look web design too. Been meaning to drop in and this is the perfect foil to do so. I’ve missed our banter too. Will add this tomorrow and be ready for the comment to follow haha

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