[Writing Prompt] When One Door Closes…

This is it. We’ve come to the end of StoryADay May 2013.

Thank you so much for being a part of it. I would love to hear how you’ve got on, what you have learned. If you post on your own blog about your experience, please leave a link to it here. If you’d be willing to be interviewed (for future articles here at StoryADay.org), leave a comment here and let me know.

The Prompt

Write about an ending (and what happens next)


  • Perhaps your main character is graduating from school or college. What is she feeling? What doors will open for her? How will what he wants be affected by what he has to do?
  • People leave our lives in many ways. How will your main character fill the void when someone important leaves their life?
  • Just for fun, what if your main character is a writer, or other artist, finishing up a project? What if he/she has had a work rejected? What other doors will open for them next?

Don’t forget to come back on June 3 for the 7DayStory challenge! And keep an eye on your inbox for next week’s regular Write On Wednesday writing prompt.

Most of all, keep writing!

16 thoughts on “[Writing Prompt] When One Door Closes…”

  1. Thank you so much! This was year #2 … and while I did NOT write 31 shorts in 31 days (I took a few days off to get my grad app essays done and out the door for a June 1 deadline), I very much enjoyed the challenge and the discipline. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

  2. This challenge spoke to me at a time when I very much desired a creative outlet that didn’t involve sinking oodles of money into for materials. There were no true impediments to diving right in. So I did! I have to say that this has been one of the most fulfilling activities I’ve ever participated in! I have a body of work I can be proud of, and I really felt like I grew as a writer. The daily prompts forced me to step out of linear thinking.
    As an added bonus, because the initial decision of what to write was taken away, I couldn’t truly procrastinate!

    Thank you for this experience!
    My final offering for the last day is on my blog:

  3. Thank you for a wonderful exercise.

    I’ve written every day during this project: a scene-a-day for my in-progress novel. Not only does this give me 31 new scenes, but I’ve formed the habit of writing a scene, every single day, no matter how much I’m tempted to slack off.

    Every scene I wrote during May was inspired by the prompts posted. I don’t know what it is, but something about prompts by somebody else inspires me to a different way of thinking; perhaps, it’s the element of surprise.

  4. I enjoyed this challenge and just finished my last story. I’ve got 31 stories now that I can rewrite and develop if I want.

    I didn’t use this prompt just started writing. It is a fantasy about a woman who dies of cancer and goes to heaven and has to come back and help their bereaved family. I’ll probably rewrite this one later.

    Now I need a slight break before I do anymore writing challenges. Then who knows?


  5. This has been a great experience. I was so caught up in writing novels for the last few years I really wanted to go back to writing short stories again, but I didn’t know how. It was as though I’d lost the instinct or something. Breaking out of the mold to experiment with these stories really helped a lot. I have confidence (again) that I can write well in different forms. I’ll be checking in again in June for sure. Also, doing an interview sounds cool too, as long as you think a newbie like me might have something worth sharing.

    Thanks a million,


    1. Thank you, Dyane. Glad to hear it helped. I’ve found it helps me get back to long-form writing too: something about scrambling around for a new story every day seems to make novels much more manageable!!

  6. Just finished my 31st Story (at http:gravatar.com/sarahcain78). It’s been a blast, rather like getting one’s batteries recharged. Thank you so much for starting this project. I feel like my mojo is back on track. Such a wonderful challenge. Sarah C

  7. It’s been such a great journey! I’ve been following you in the shadows because I don’t write very well in english but today I step out of the darkness to tell you how much I loved every single day of story-a-day-may! it was a lot of fun and also revealing of my writing ability. I wrote all the stories in spanish and that’s why I didn’t post them here but I felt accompanied by you and that is great in this craft that can get lonely at times. I love your page! keep the good work! and thank you so much for everithing!!
    Muchas gracias!

  8. Thank you so much for making this project such a wonderful possibility. Very much appreciated. I am so grateful for the prompts and prods that made this such a successful month for me. Look forward to the June activity too.

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