Free: The Muse Writing Contest Club

  • The purpose of this club and contest is to get you writing.

  • The motivation is to stimulate the natural competitive nature of writers.

  • The prize is an opportunity to start building your Writer’s Profile.

How it works:list-paper-101dalmatians-56a4499d5f9b58b7d0d62ba4

  • I will post a writing prompt twice a week, Monday and Thursday.
  • Please send all submissions to as a Word doc or Google Drive with read-only access to My email account.
  • Two winners each week are chosen from both prompts.


  • Your piece will be published here on this site. (IF you don’t want it posted – let me know)
  • 25% discounts offered on either the Fall 2019 California Writing Retreat or 4 hours of editorial services.
  • A guest blog post to be used within the next three months.
  • Promotion of your blog/website via Facebook, Instagram & Twitter through the IndulgingMyMuse accounts.
  • Second and Third place winners will receive comments and critique if requested.


  • Only one submission per prompt
  • All stories must be received by 12 pm PST.
  • All submissions must be original material, written specifically for the prompt
  • Second and Third place winners will receive comments and critique if requested.

cropped-182-vivian-maier.jpgThat’s it, if you have any questions, please email me.    Happy Writing – Laura


Oct 1-3 Prompt:   Submissions accepted until 12 pm PST, Wednesday 3 October. 

You are clearing long-term storage area of our house, and you open a box filled with photo albums that belong to your spouse.  Of course, you pull one out and thumb through it.  To your surprise, it’s filled with boudoir style photos of their ex-partner that are taken by them.
What would your reaction be?   What would you do about it?

Royal-Typewriter-drawingGuidelines for your writing:  

  1. Write in the Third Person
  2. Keep your word count to 600-750.
  3. Post submissions here

Since your writing will be of a personal nature, I suggest you fictionalize it while leaning on your ideas or experiences.








Happy Labor Day!  images-4

Today’s prompt is a simple one, write about your favorite Labor Day activity.  Is it shopping for sales, picnicking with family and friends? A day at the beach or a hike in the forest?  What is your favorite day to send the unofficial end of summer and why?



29-August-2018 – Today is the Day She/He

It’s Poetry Day.  If you think you can’t write poetry, this one is for you.  It’s easy and fun.

Write 10-15 lines each beginning with:

Today is the day she…    sleep264

Start with your experience of waking up.  ie, Today is the day she slept through the alarm

Lead this way through the rest of your day.

In the last 2-3 line, sum up what “she” learned from her day.

That’s it, Simple, straightforward poetry.    Enjoy – Laura


25-26-August-2018 – Disciples of the Muse

So, yesterday – actually early afternoon – I referred to you, Dear Reader,  as a Disciple of the Muse. Please refrain from the trigger of the word disciple, my use of it here has nothing to do with religion. I’m working on a blog post about this word and what it means outside of its religious context.


This Weekends prompt is a two-parter.

Choose for yourself.  You can do just part 1 or just part 2.   But, doing both part 1, then part 2 is an Exercise in The Craft of Writing:  Understanding/Fleshing out your character.

  • Part 1: Read my Blog post, All is Black.  This is a sample of Scene.
    Think about the character who is standing in front of the black wall.
    Who is it? It could be you, your grandma, or a fictionalized someone.  Then, once you’ve chosen your character, begin to explore who they are. Then as if you were casting for a play or movie role begin to flesh them out.  Use a series of questions designed by you to build a character description such as; their overall look,  fashion, height, weight, age, the sound of the voice, mannerisms.  Anything and everything that will help you and your reader connection with this character, the person standing in front of the black wall.   Be sure to catalog everything.  You will use it in part 2 and if you choose not to write part 2. You could use them in another project down the road.  You are a writer after all.


  • Part 2: Write your scene.  All first drafts are bad so don’t worry about making it perfect.  Start by Free Writing if you feel a little intimidated. If your character development has sparked a vision, go for it.  Don’t Edit!!!  This is the first draft, let it flow over the page.  After you are done.  Save it, and walk away for an hour or two.  Go eat lunch, take a walk, fold the laundry…  Then come back to read and edit.  Once you’re finished please feel free to post your work in the reply on this page, put the prompt date in the subject line.   If you’re not comfortable with posting it so openly, you can send it directly to me

In order to Indulge your Muse, you must commit to her service, to listen for her call and answer it with heart and focus.  In return, she will help you to find not only your writer’s voice but your own voice and how to use it.


24-August-2018 – Commitment


I’m so very sorry Disciples of the Muse,  Write 1 paragraph about how it makes you feel to be stood-up, blown off or forgotten …  By a Friend and by someone who’s made you a commitment to be consistent.      All of you, Please send me replies on this one because I can’t grow if I don’t know….


23-August-2018 – Making Connection



Every day you walk through the park not far from your home.  Every day you see the same old man feeding the pigeons.  Each day as you pass he nods in greeting to you and you nod back.

One day you notice that he is just sitting, not feeding the pigeons.  He looks forlorn and lonely.   You stop to ask him why…

22-August-2018 – Sensual Pleasure


You are a woman who is climbing into her own bed after a long business trip away.  Describe her experience focusing on all 5 senses.

Then write the same thing but from a man’s point of view.

21-August-2018 – Unique Point Of View 



You are a customer lying face down on the floor during a bank robbery.  Describe the robbery from this vantage point.   3-4 paragraphs





For review:  please leave your submissions in the comment section. Please include the date of the prompt in your title


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