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Sunday Writing Prompt, July 18/21 – The Quiet One

You’re at a party and notice someone in the corner, shoulders hunched, eyes down, cradling a drink, but they haven’t taken a sip. What are they thinking in this moment? Why are they here? Were they guilted into attending, or came on their own accord to try and tackle their social anxiety, maybe even meet someone special? Are they shy, or perhaps keeping a secret?

Image from pixabay.com

This challenge highlights the recluse, the introvert, the one off to the side. The person who seems out of place, keeps to themselves, or pleads the fifth in court. The wife with bruises, the employee who can’t look their boss in the eye, the child who won’t play with others, the one with all the knowledge who is too timid to share their groundbreaking idea.

Today’s Sunday Writing Prompt is: The Quiet One

The Rules:

  • The style is completely open; poetry, prose, even a single sentence…Go where the prompt takes YOU!
  • Keep your submission to 500 words or less.
  • Post it on your page, and TAG it Sunday Writing PromptSWPMLMMMindlovemisery’s MenagerieAnd be sure to leave a link or pingback in the comment section below.
  • Feel free to use my photo for inspiration, or as your own cover image.
  • Please have your submissions in by the END OF EACH FRIDAY (Pacific Standard Time). Every Saturday, I will post a “standout” piece in a post entitled, SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT. Bear in mind, it will be based on my personal opinion. If you are not chosen, that does NOT mean your piece was not superb.
  • Be creative and HAVE FUN!

Please, take a moment and visit this week’s selection for the Saturday Spotlight series, “It’s the Little Things” by Bree, https://saidbree.wordpress.com/2021/07/12/its-the-little-things/


58 comments on “Sunday Writing Prompt, July 18/21 – The Quiet One

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    July 18, 2021
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    • relaxitsallwrite
      July 18, 2021

      Really neat story, infused with beautiful lessons. Great take on the prompt. Thank you for participating 🙂

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  8. Melanie B Cee
    July 18, 2021

    Interesting prompt situation and photo today! I hope I don’t offend you. It’s not directed your way and you’re doing a GREAT job!

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    • relaxitsallwrite
      July 18, 2021

      Not offended at all!!! I’m a major introvert, recluse, I like to keep to myself and hold what I’m thinking and feeling inside. My prompt triggered ME which is why I thought it would thought provoking for this week 🙂 You’re very sweet to consider my feelings. Triggers definitely vary from person to person. The theme could be love, which could trigger someone who just divorced or lost a pet. Sunshine could trigger someone with agoraphobia. You just never know, so I will never take it personally. You’re exceptionally kind, Melanie, to consider my feelings toward your submission 🙂

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  11. Michael
    July 19, 2021

    Here is my response sara. Great to see so many responses to your prompt.

    Sunday Writing Prompt, July 18/21 – The Quiet One – Alice Thomas

    • relaxitsallwrite
      July 20, 2021

      Thank you, Michael!! Striving to do you proud, so I appreciate the confidence boost 🙂 Best advice you gave…”Make it your own”. That really stripped my insecurities and let me know it was okay to use my own voice

      • Michael
        July 20, 2021

        And you are certainly doing that. You are getting great responses each week so that attests to the quality of the prompts.

      • relaxitsallwrite
        July 23, 2021


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  14. Lorraine
    July 19, 2021

    One prompt only, surprise, surprise!

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    • Stephanie Colpron
      July 20, 2021

      this one was absolutely fabulous ♥️🥰

    • relaxitsallwrite
      July 23, 2021

      I am really drawn to your style of writing. You pull me into your world. Great job!

      • Lorraine
        July 25, 2021

        Thanks — I mostly write these stories in my head, shifting and editing character, back drop and event. Maybe some day, I will get back to writing in the real world with my computer, rather than just “virtually” these stories in my head. Characters and scenarios do pop out now and then.

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    • relaxitsallwrite
      July 23, 2021

      Once again, excellent submission! Thank you for participating 🙂

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    • relaxitsallwrite
      July 23, 2021

      Your unique voice was showcased in this piece. Nicely done 🙂

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  18. Stephanie Colpron
    July 20, 2021

    Here is mine. I tried something new: writing from a second person perspective. It seemed interesting. Hope it works.

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    • relaxitsallwrite
      July 23, 2021

      I found your submission very intriguing. I think you should continue toying with a second person perspective…it suits you well, Stephanie 🙂

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    • relaxitsallwrite
      July 23, 2021

      So many things I loved about this, Susan! Your concept was so unique and immediately drew me in. And I especially loved you naming the MC Angel 🙂

  20. weejars
    July 21, 2021
    • relaxitsallwrite
      July 23, 2021

      I think every reader will interpret this differently, which is why is it so great!! Well done, Sarah

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    • relaxitsallwrite
      July 24, 2021

      Lovely take on the prompt. I adore moments alone, complete peace

  22. pensitivity101
    August 1, 2021

    Hi Sara,
    just checking in as I haven’t seen anything from you since this. Hope everything is OK.

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